Two Bad Innings Costs Niese, Mets

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The lowly Chicago Cubs have not put up many runs this season, but Mets fans wouldn’t know that by watching the two series New York has played against them. The Mets lost the first series in Chicago just a week ago and have struggled against the Cubs this series in New York.

Today the Mets tried to take the rubber game and salvage the season series with Chicago, but things were all wrong from the start. Jon Niese had a rough first inning, allowing four runs on five hits before settling down. The southpaw did not allow another run until two outs in the seventh when Starlin Castro jacked a three-run homer to left field. Niese’s game was a strange one in that he did not pitch poorly yet he left having given up seven earned runs.

Two bad innings were all it took to sink the Mets today as the bats were silent. New York was shutout by Ryan Dempster and the Cubs bullpen, failing on multiple occasions to drive home a runner from scoring position. With the first half of the season over, the Mets have a 46-40 record and are still in the thick of the playoff race despite some poor losses to weaker opponents like Chicago and the Houston Astros.

Today’s game was disappointing as the game seemed to be over after the first inning. Jon Niese put the Mets in a whole that they couldn’t dig their way out of. Although it was a bad series loss, New York can be happy about where they are. At 46-40, they have exceeded everyone’s expectations and still have a shot at making the playoffs. Hopefully Terry Collins’ team can keep it up and continue what they have done so far in the first half of the season.

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