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Mets starter Jon Niese reported to yesterday’s camp with a whole new look.  He came in about 10 pounds lighter, but the real story is his new nose.  Yes, apparently Carlos Beltran decided to do the Mets one final favor, and offered to pay for Niese’s rhinoplasty over the offseason.

Carlos nose best... (AP/Adam Rubin)

 

It’s more than just for looks, too — according to the New York Post, Niese was told that his previously smushed nose had an abnormality in the sinus that was affecting his breathing.  Since being able to breathe seems like a rather important factor in being a successful pro athlete, could this signal a breakout season for the 25-year old lefty?  So far, his career stats are fairly pedestrian: a 22-23 record, with a 4.39 ERA, and a 1.46 WHIP.  Could improved breathing (and thus, better conditioning) + another year in the bigs + a year of Johan Santana’s tutelage (being a crafty lefty himself) = an anchor in the Mets’ rotation?

 

After scoring a total of 9 runs over the past 5 games, the Mets banged out 16 hits and 11 runs to snap their 5-game losing streak and even the weekend series with the Atlanta Braves.  They bring their record back to .500, at 56-56.

In one of the more entertaining games they’ve played this year, the Mets’ offense broke through in a big way — every starting position player smacked at least 1 hit, and 8 different Mets crossed the plate.  They jumped out to a quick 1st inning, 2-0 lead against Braves starter Tommy Hanson thanks to Justin Turner’s solo shot and David Wright’s RBI double.  Starter Jon Niese, however, ran into trouble in the 3rd inning.  The Braves cranked out 5 hits in that inning and by the time the dust settled, the Mets were in a 5-2 hole.

Redemption for a few nights ago (Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

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Eduardo Nunez led the way for the Yanks with a 4-4 day at the plate, as they beat the Mets in front of a sellout Citi Field crowd.  The win bumps the Yankees’ record to 49-31, while the Mets fall back to .500 (41-41).

Maybe it was nerves, or maybe they were just due for a stinker after their hot streak, but the Mets looked shaky all around from my view up in Section 515.  They made a bunch of mistakes that the Yankees pounced on: from bad fielding (Daniel Murphy dropped a routine throw that led to a run in the 8th) to bad baserunning (Jose Reyes got thrown out at 3rd on a crucial play in the 7th — more on this a little later) to bad situational hitting (the Mets were 2-10 with RISP.  One of those hits came in the 9th with 2 outs, and the game pretty much already decided by then).

The Yanks jumped all over Jon Niese early — 4 of the first 5 batters got base hits, and it was 3-0 before the Mets had a chance to bat.  But Niese settled down after that and allowed no more runs.  Ivan Nova put guys on in his 5 innings of work (7 hits and 2 walks), but pitched out of his jams effectively, only allowing 1 run.

Derek Who? (Nick Laham/Getty Images)

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Marlins relief pitcher Burke Badenhop singled in the winning run off Ryota Igarashi in the 11th inning with 2 outs to lead the Marlins to a 2-1 win over the Mets.  The loss drops the Mets to 19-22.

Before the game started, the Mets learned that David Wright would be missing some time due to a stress fracture in his lower back.  After waiting through a rain delay that prolonged the start of the game, the Mets finally took the field.  From there, Mike Pelfrey and Josh Johnson would lock into a pitcher’s duel.  The Mets drew first blood, with Justin Turner’s RBI double in the 4th inning.  But the Marlins would tie the game at 1 on Mike Stanton’s solo blast to lead off the 7th.

Is it summer yet? (AP Images)

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John Mayberry homered to lead off the 7th inning, and Placido Polanco hit a tie-breaking sac fly later in the inning to give Roy Halladay and the Phillies the win over the Mets.  The Mets have now lost 3 in a row and drop to 11-16 on the year.

This was a classic pitcher’s duel between the established ace Halladay and the young Jon Niese.  The Mets got to Halladay first, plating the first run on Carlos Beltran’s RBI single to drive in Daniel Murphy in the 4th.  They threatened to score more in that inning, but Halladay buckled down and retired the next 3 batters with 2 on.  Niese made the 1-0 lead stand up until he ran out of gas in the 7th inning.

Thank God I get to hit here instead of Citi Field...

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Troy Tulowitski hit a go-ahead 3-run homer in the 5th inning off Jon Niese, Ryan Spilborghs added a solo shot an inning later, and the Rockies’ bullpen hung on to propel them past the Mets on a misty Wednesday night at Citi Field.

Jon Niese pitched his second ineffective game in a row, giving up 5 runs in his 6 innings of work. The Mets spotted him an early 2-0 lead thanks to a 2-out RBI double in the 1st inning by Carlos Beltran, and then Angel Pagan scoring on a wild pitch an inning later.

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The New York Mets, behind some late-game clutch hitting, beat the Florida Marlins 6-4 in 10 innings and evened their record at 1-1.

It was an exciting game that started off as a pitcher’s duel between Jon Niese and Ricky Nolasco.  Niese was shaky in the first inning, allowing the Marlins to jump out to a quick 2-0 lead on a bases loaded, 2-run single by Logan Morrison.  However, he settled in nicely after that, retiring the next 11 Marlins in a row.

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December has arrived, and you know what that means. Bring on the Winter Meetings! With the New York Mets front office and managerial position filled, we finally get to discuss how to transform this subpar group of individuals into a playoff caliber team. This year, the Baseball Winter Meetings will take place in Disney World from December 6-9, where we can expect a lot of major trade talks to develop. What tricks might new GM Sandy Alderson have up his sleeve in the coming weeks?

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The Mets have won six straight games, along with five in a row away from Citi Field. In their last 22 games, the Mets are 17-5 and have propelled themselves within .5 game of the 1st place Atlanta Braves.

Jon Niese Is a Master

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The New York Mets lost to the Florida Marlins for the third straight time on Saturday night 7-5. The offense showed up, but the starting pitching was again an issue for the team. The Mets will look to savage the final game against the Fish Sunday afternoon at Sun Life Stadium.

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