Even when the Mets win, they lose

Posted: August 5, 2009 in Mets
Jon Niese became the latest member of the MASH Unit Mets to go down with an injury.

Jon Niese became the latest member of the MASH Unit Mets to go down with an injury.

The Mets rebounded nicely from a putrid ending the night before, shellacking the Cardinals 9-0 at CitiField to complete and up-and-down 5-5 homestand.
However, the team suffered another injury when young starter Jonathon Niese left the game in the second inning with an apparent hamstring injury. He was off to a nice start, striking out the first two batters and working 1 2/3 scoreless innings when he hurt the leg trying to cover first on an attempted double play. These injuries are getting ridiculous and if Niese is out for any length of time, it’s really too bad. One of the few things I was looking forward to in this lost season was seeing the development of Niese. He really looks like he can be a solid big-league pitcher, not an ace, but a dependable member of a rotation. Gary Sheffield got hurt again, no word on how long he’ll be out. Luis Castillo is listed as day-to-day, which in Metsspeak means he’ll be held out of the lineup for a week before finally hitting the DL while the team plays shorthanded.
O.K. on to the positives: Nelson Figueroa rebounded nicely from the beating he took just two days ago by tossing 4 1/3 outstanding innings, fanning five. Bobby Parnell finished with three shutout innings for the save (the three-inning save rule really is lame though, as you shouldn’t get a save in a 9-0 game). David Wright had three hits, including a two-run homer, with Angel Pagan contributing three hits and four RBIs, falling a double short of the cycle. The Mets hit the road for a four-game set in San Diego, then three in Arizona, a place where they usually play well. We’ll see. Hopefully nobody slips and falls in the shower tonight.

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