Mets 9, Phillies 1

Posted: April 30, 2010 in Mets

Jonathan Niese tossed seven strong innings Friday night.

The Mets continued their run of great baseball tonight by clobbering the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, 9-1. The Mets hit four homers, including two by Rod Barajas, and got a stellar pitching effort from Jonathan Niese.
Niese worked seven innings, allowing a run on four hits with seven strikeouts. This kid is a showing he belongs in the bigs, and is clearly the Mets’ No. 3 starter behind Johan and Pelfrey. His fastball was consistently in the low 90s and even touched 95 on one or two occasions. His curveball was much better than in previous outings, and if he has that pitch working, watch out National League.
The Phillies have some problems right now, namely pitching. Kyle Kendrick is pretty useless, and he was tagged for three homers (Barajas, Wright, Francoeur) and five extra-base knocks in his five-inning stint. The bullpen wasn’t much better, with Danys Baez getting rocked and Brad Lidge allowing Barajas’ second homer in his 11-pitch outing.
The Mets improved to 14-9, while the Phillies fell to 12-10. The surprising Nationals are now in second place at 13-10. Can’t see that lasting.
Tomorrow’s game should be very interesting, with Phillies ace Roy Halladay opposing Mike Pelfrey in a nationally televised game on Fox. Pelf has a 24-inning scoreless streak, which will likely end tomorrow. (Scoreless streaks and tiny CBP don’t mix). If the Mets can somehow win that one, they’ve got the clear pitching advantage Sunday night when Johan Santana takes on Jamie Moyer, who was apparently around in the Lincoln administration.

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