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.
“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.
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.
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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.