The New York Mets dropped the rubber game of their 3 game series with the Florida Marlins tonight by the score of 3-1. Jon Niese got the start for the Mets and pitched 6 effective innings giving up 8 hits and 3 runs. He walked 2 and struck out 3. The Mets bullpen was outstanding and gave the Mets offense a chance to come back in the game, even thought they couldn't do so. Ryota Igarashi and Hisanora Takahashi each pitched a scorless inning giving up 1 walk each. Fernando Nieve faced one batter and got him out and Pedro Feliciano pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up 1 hit.
The Mets offense looked lifeless and there was no energy from them or the crowd tonight. Angel Pagan and Jeff Francoeur each had 2 hits, Francoeur had a rbi. Luis Castillo, Jason Bay and Rod Barajas each had a hit and that was it for the Mets offense. Nate Robertson was able to stymie them for 5 innings and then the bullpen completely shut them down. Burke Badenhop pitched 3 scoreless innings giving up 1 hit with 2 strikeouts and Leo Nunez closed out the game with a 1-2-3 ninth. This wasn't the start that the Mets were hoping for, after looking very impressive on Opening Day with Johan Santana pitching and the offense scoring 7 runs they have dropped 2 straight to the Marlins and will now try and regroup as they take on the Washington Nationals this weekend before heading out on the road. The Marlins were 2-13 with runners in scoring position while the Mets were 0-4. The Mets didn't even really threaten to score.
At least the Mets can take out of this that they were able to put together a good pitching performance with someone other then Santana and the bullpen really looked good tonight. The Mets are hoping that the bullpen will become a strength and that the other pitchers other then Johan Santana will step it up. Jon Niese is a good young pitcher but if he is counted on as more then a 5th starter there are some problems with your pitching staff. The Mets did receive some good news after the game. Jerry Manuel the Mets manager announced that start shortstop Jose Reyes will workout at Citi Field tomorrow and play in a game on Saturday. He also announced that second baseman Luis Castillos calves are bothering him and he will sit out tomorrows game with Alex Cora getting the start at second base.