Jonathon Niese was absolutely dominant yesterday in leading ythe Mets to their 9th win in the last 13 games. In another good sign, David Wright went yard, and Ike Davis smoked 4 hits.
When it was all said and done, the Mets had a 6-1 win over the rival Marlins, and the energy level of the team appears to be peaking. It was the Mets seventh straight home victory.
David Wright has 3 RBIs on the day and looked extremely comfortable at the plate. His homerun was an absolute bomb and sent the Citi Field faithful into a frenzy. Jeff Francoeur, who has really hit the ball well of late, chipped in with an RBI single and newcomer Ruben Tejada, who looks like a real talent, stroked a run-scoring double.
The real story of the day was Jonathan Niese. He had pinpoint control, changed speeds, and was locked in on every batter. He worked quickly and looked like he could have easily completed the game if not for the fact that he was coming back from injury. Fox cut to a camera angle of Niese and Jerry Manuel in the dugout after Jerry let Niese know he was done for the day, and you could see Niese plead for one more inning...the kid is a gamer.
The struggling bullpen came on and finished it off in fine fashion. Jenrry Mejia and Fernando Nieve each tossed a scoreless frame, and Mejia had great life on his pitches.
The Mets are the best home team in baseball.
"If you watch us play at home, I expect us to win the division," Francoeur said. "We've accepted we're going to play to our advantage with this field."
David Wright now has 10 HRs on the year, and if not for the high K rate, we'd be talking about his solid numbers. He is back on a hot streak and pulling the ball with authority.
"This really is a park that you have to be able to hit the ball down the lines," Wright said. "I don't really consider myself that good of a pull hitter. I like to try to stay up the middle. It felt good to be able to pull the ball and then the next at-bat be able to stay on the ball and go up the middle. So hopefully that's a good sign."
Ike Davis was actually using Jeff Francoeur's bat in the game, and the results were spectacular.
"I just felt good today swinging the bat," Davis said. "Been working on some things, just slowing it down a little bit. Happened to find the barrel a couple times. It feels good to find some grass out there."
Enjoy your coffee!
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