Mets 8, Indians 4

Posted: June 16, 2010 in Mets

The red-hot Mets (feels good to say that) won their sixth straight tonight and fifth straight on the current road trip, beating up on a bad Indians team 8-4 tonight.
Jon Niese, who threw a one-hit shutout his last time out, wasn’t as good this time but still got the job done. Niese went seven innings, allowing three runs on eight hits, winning his third straight start since coming off the disabled the list. The offense pounded Indians starter Mitch Talbot for eight runs and 13 hits in 5 2/3 innings, with every starter picking up at least one hit.
This is what good teams are supposed to do, beat up on the bad teams. It’s something the Mets have had trouble with since winning the division in 2006. Now a season-best nine games over .500 at 37-28, the Mets remain a half-game behind the first-place Braves (Atlanta beat the Rays tonight) and three games up on the third-place Phils (who topped the Yanks). Florida and Washington are slowly fading, although you can’t count them out, as there is plenty of baseball left and each team can get hot. Still, I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a three-team race.
The Mets have been getting outstanding starting pitching during this current 17-5 run, which is good because the bullpen is a bit of a concern right now. Jenrry Mejia, who should be in the minors working to be a starter, hasn’t gotten consistent work and it showed with a rusty performance tonight in which he walked the only two batters he faced. Raul Valdes is MIA and Ryota Igarashi has been mostly ineffective since returning from the DL. Fernando Nieve also hasn’t been getting much work, which means an increased workload for Pedro Feliciano. I’d send Valdes and Mejia down to the minors and call up Manny Acosta and Bobby Parnell. Hopefully Omar is working the phones to make a trade for a starting pitcher, thus returning Hisanori Takahashi to the pen, where he’s flourished. I’d love Cliff Lee or Roy Oswalt, but have a feeling it will be Jake Westbrook or Kevin Millwood.
The Mets get a first-hand look at Westbrook on Thursday night when they go for the three-game sweep. Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey gets the call for the Mets.

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