Niese, who got roughed up in Milwaukee in his major league debut 10 days ago, pitched 8 scoreless innings to notch his first major league victory and it could not have come at a better time. This was another one of those big games for the Mets as they blew the first game with their ace Johan Santana on the mound. Coupled with the Phillies win, the second game was a crucial one and the rookie did not disappoint.
There are all kinds of reasons why the Mets continue to shed the demons - as Jerry Manuel likes to say - from last season, and tonight was no exception. Tonight, Niese pitched a gem. Last year, Philip Humber spit the bit. And with Beltran and Wright starting to go off again, this team will be tough to beat down the stretch. Although, it definitely won't be without it's share of heart pounders...which...of course, is the Mets' way.