Saturday, September 13, 2008

Niese is Nice

Proving yet again that this year isn't last year, the Mets bounced back from a bitter defeat in Game 1 and defeated the Braves in game 2 to take the nightcap behind an absolutely stellar performance by rookie, Johnathan Niese. 
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. 

1 comment:

dave said...

The kid looked great, but I love his comment after the game. He was asked what we could expect from him his next start. His response, "a complete game." Love it.