Sunday, May 16, 2010
An Aggravating Loss Giving Florida The Sweep
The Mets were down and down early. By the time you looked up in the fifth inning, they were already down 7-0.
As I had scribed earlier, the Mets do have fight, and that they did. Unfortunately it was too little too late.
The Mets battled back from 7-0 to within one run, 7-6 in the seventh inning. The potential heroic comeback lasted all for the Mets half of the seventh inning. When Fernando Nieve hopped on the mound, he quickly gave back three runs and the Mets were down 10-7 at the conclusion of the seventh frame.
The Mets ultimately lost 10-8, with the game ending with yet another strikeout by Nuke LaLoosh, his second of the game and his 52nd of the season.
On a more somber note, Jon Niese, who allowed five runs in only two innings, left with an "aggravated right hamstring"...the same hamstring that was surgically repaired last summer. Nieses came off the mound to field a bunt, and pulled up lame.
Niese has already been sent back to NY for further tests, and his next start is in doubt.
What has become so disconcerting is the Mets starting pitching. Believe it or not, Mike Pelfrey is the closest thing to a "sure thing." Johan looks like he might be finding his Mojo, finally, but has not been his normal Johan self thus far this year.
Now with Ollie in the pen, SS Maine rapidly sinking, and Niese potentially going to the DL, 2010 is quickly starting to resemble 2009. Wasn't 2009 an aberration?
Sources: CBS Sportsline, Baseball Reference, ESPN.com