Section 518

Where we endeavor to stay positive about the 2011 Mets…

Silver Linings

Posted by JD on April 8, 2010

Here’s one: 8 hits, 3 earned runs, 2 walks, 3 strike outs (one of which was Hanley Ramirez), and 63 strikes (of 92 pitches, 68%) in 6.0 innings pitched. That’s a quality start, folks. Jon Niese may have struggled, but all in all it’s not a bad first start. It’s a building block.

As @MetsGuide tweeted: “The season isn’t over…” We’ve got a long row to hoe. If Niese can consistently turn in similar starts, the Mets are bound to capitalize. Sure, the end result tonight wasn’t pretty. But we can build on this.

Now, if only the other three starters not named Santana could duplicate it…


5 Responses to “Silver Linings”

  1. Paul said

    Niese had a decent start, the bullpen didn’t implode and Jose Reyes could be back this weekend. No need to hit the panic button yet.

    I have a good feeling about Mike Pelfrey tomorrow, too. (I wish I could say the same about Ollie on Saturday.)

    • JD said

      We’re on the same page. I think Pelfrey will deliver, but I worry about Ollie (even though I continue to irrationally stand behind him). I think they take two out of three this weekend.

  2. Mets Flu said

    No need to panic at all. This is only game 3, let’s all just take a deep breath and chill out.

  3. vcmetsfan28 said

    well said JD… there was a silver lining in tonights game.

    It was nice to see Neise pitch well, not great but well. Well enough to keep the Mets in the game and on most nights I believe performances like this will end in wins for Neise and the Mets.

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