The Mets are three games over .500 for the first time in the 2011 season. Much of this is a result of strong pitching out of Jonathon Niese and the bullpen and some clutch scoring in today’s game. Ruben Tejada came up with a huge two-run double to put the Mets up 4-1 in the 6th inning. Both Parnell and K-Rod pitched scoreless innings in relief of Niese to lead the Mets to a 5-3 victory.

 

Tejada slams a 2-RBI double. My Binghamton guy...

Associated Press

My Reaction:

Jonathon Niese earned his eighth win of the season tonight. He is 19-19 on his career. Similar to Mike Pelfrey (Joe wrote anĀ article earlier on him), he has a .500 record as a pitcher. However, I feel that Niese has a much higher ceiling than Pelfrey. He is much more in control of his emotions on the mound and doesn’t let baserunners hurt him mentally. In fact, with runners in scoring position and two out, Niese sports a career .203 batting average against him, whereas Pelfrey is at .263. Niese is also a lefty which helps his cause in the argument. As I said in a previous post, I see Pelfrey’s ceiling as a Number 3 starter in a good rotation. Conversely, Niese could slot in as high as Number 2 in a rotation. He is much more consistent on the mound, as in you know what to expect out of him. Sure, he’ll have a bad inning or two, but he will always fight through trouble and give a strong outing regardless.

It is looking more and more like Bobby Parnell is auditioning for the next closer role with the New York Mets. With all the hype surrounding K-Rod and the trade deadline, there is no doubt Parnell will be in line to take his spot. Over his last five outings, he has accumulated 5 1/3 scoreless innings in which he has allowed one hit and one walk while striking out five. He has really been hitting his spots as opposed to earlier in the season where he looked like he was just throwing heat. I’d actually like to see Parnell get a save opportunity at some point before K-Rod is traded (because it is inevitable).

Interesting Facts:

  • Carlos Beltran has an eleven-game hitting streak, in which he is batting .354 (17 for 48) over that span.
  • Angel Pagan swiped his 16th bag in 20 attempts.
  • Francisco Rodriguez has 22 saves in 25 opportunities this season.

What’s Next?: The Mets look to sweep the four-game series against the Dodgers on Thursday night. Game Time 10:10 PM on SNY.

NYM Dillon Gee (8-2) 3.47 ERA vs. LAD Clayton Kershaw (8-4) 3.23 ERA