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Mets win and lose…


Good news: The Mets beat the Braves 4-3 and became the first visiting team to win a series at the House of Horrors Turner Field this season.

Bad news: Jonathon Niese left the game in the fourth inning with “left shoulder discomfort.”

Silver lining: We can probably stop talking about which pitcher should be dropped from the Mets’ starting rotation now.

Bedtime reading: Mets Today‘s Joe Janish on why we should be worried about Jon Niese’s shoulder tendinitis  (from June 3rd)



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Saturday in the park: another wacky Mets loss

It was a nice day for a baseball game on Saturday, and my friend had tickets for the Cubs vs. Mets game. It seemed like a fun way to spend an afternoon. And it was fun to hang out with my friend.

The baseball game, on the other hand, could best be described as slow torture.

The Mets took three hours and 32 minutes to lose a game in which a total of seven runs were scored.

Scott Feldman (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
Scott Feldman (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Cubs pitcher Scott Feldman demonstrated the recipe for success to the Mets’ starters: drive in more runs than you give up.

The Mets managed just two hits off of Feldman in the first seven innings, and even the four they got off of the bullpen only brought the total to six for the day. They did well to score two runs.

The defense further sabotaged the team’s chances of success, “highlighted” by a bizarre first inning error that happened when Jordany Valdespin threw the ball over Jonathon Niese‘s head when returning it to him after Cody Ransom singled. It proved harmless, but set the tone for the day.

Niese turned in another poor showing, though he did battle to keep things from getting worse. Still, Opening Day pitchers are not supposed to walk four batters and give up six hits in under six innings. And why is it that none of the Mets pitchers can really get in sync with Anthony Recker?

Then in the ninth inning, umpire Lance Barrett gave us another example of why baseball needs instant replay in the ninth inning. He botched the call on Darwin Barney‘s line drive that was apparently caught by Juan Lagares, ruling instead that Lagares trapped it. The Mets compounded the weirdness and blew a chance at a triple play when Justin Turner touched second to force Nate Schierholtz before the team could try to record outs at home and third.

The end result was another Mets’ loss, their 39th of the season. After the game, the Mets made a change in their bullpen… but Greg Burke really hasn’t been a problem lately. If the team is going to improve, they need more major league caliber hitters in the lineup. Hopefully some of the guys already here are able to step up their games… because there doesn’t seem to be any outside help on the way in the immediate future.

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Niese a part of the Mets’ future plans

Jonathon Niese's 2012 Topps baseball card

Yesterday, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reported that the Mets are expected to sign Jonathon Niese to a long-term contract.

“The eventual deal is believed to be comparable to the five-year, $28.5 million deal that included two team options — for $11 million and $11.5 million — that fellow left-hander Derek Holland signed with the Texas Rangers last month,” Rubin wrote.

This news follows a report from Mike Puma of the New York Post last week that Mets officials have considered picking up R.A. Dickey‘s option for 2013 and extending his contract.

It’s nice to be talking about the Mets keeping some of their players, instead of counting down the days until their departure.

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2012 Topps Mets cards

David Wright's 2012 Topps mini card

I finished my 2012 Topps Series I Mets team set on Sunday, though I may still try to track down the gold parallel cards. (They remind me of the 1994 Score Gold Rush cards, which were fun to collect back then. So far, I’ve got Justin Turner so I just need 13 more 😉 )

I’m not crazy about the “surfboard” design Topps chose for this year, but it doesn’t really bother me. (Except for the players’ last names being printed in hard-to-read gold foil, that is.) I love the photography, though. Not every card has a great shot, but it looks like whoever was choosing photos made a conscious effort to look for ones from games where players were wearing retro uniforms or patriotic caps, and that helps them to stand out. And I love the decision to use so many victory celebration pictures.

The inserts are forgettable, except for the 1987-style mini cards. So I’m not going to bother about them.

Click “Read More” to see the rest of the 2012 Topps Series I Mets cards.

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Mets Autograph of the Week: Jonathon Niese

Jonathon Niese began his pro career in 2005, after being selected in the seventh round of the amateur draft by the New York Mets. The Ohio native was born on the same day that the Mets won the 1986 World Series… and yes, that does make me feel old.*

Niese rose rapidly through the minor leagues and made his major league debut in September 2008. The 21-year-old left-hander made three starts. Two were bad, but he pitched 8 innings of shutout baseball against the Atlanta Braves on Sept. 13th to earn his first major league win.

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