Thursday, April 26, 2012

Post Game: Mets Sweep Marlins in Thriller

The New York Mets (11-8) successfully completed a sweep of the Miami Marlins (7-11) this afternoon in walk off fashion as Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a bases loaded single to end the game.

Trailing 2-1 heading into the 9th inning, Heath Bell had immediate trouble controlling his pitches and walked David Wright. Bell's inability to find his control led him to a full count on Lucas Duda, who grounded to 1st but advanced Wright to 2nd in the process. The wheels would fall off for Bell from here, as he walked 3 consecutive batters (Ike Davis, Josh Thole and Justin Turner) to walk in the tying run. The star of the afternoon is undoubtedly Justin Turner, who battled with Bell for 13 pitches before finally drawing the walk. Although Scott Hairston induced the 2nd out, Nieuwenhuis hit a line drive to bring the game home. The Mets were able to battle Bell for 46 pitched through his 2/3 of an inning and his 3rd blown save of the year.

Jonathon Niese (ND, 2.81 ERA) was brilliant this afternoon, pitching 7 innings while allowing only 2 runs and striking out 6. With his impressive outing today, Niese has turned all 4 of his starts this season into "quality" outings. Ramon Ramirez bounced back from a few rough outings to pitch 2 scoreless innings and keep the game close which ultimately allowed the Mets to pick up on the Marlins mistakes.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis has certainly made a name for himself over the first few weeks of his major league career and will undoubtedly be starting, possibly in left field, when Andres Torres returns Monday night in Houston. Nieuwenhuis lead off the game with a leadoff triple and had the walk off hit, collecting 3 on the day and bumping his average to .333.

The biggest news coming out of the afternoon comes from Mike Pelfrey, who will be heading to Dr. Andrews tomorrow afternoon to likely undergo season ending Tommy John surgery. Pelfrey, who is currently on his first DL stint with a partial tear of a ligament in his elbow, is a non-tender candidate at the end of the season and could come back for much cheaper than anticipated.

The New York Mets are now 10-4 against National League East opponents this season. They'll head to Colorado to open a 3 game set tomorrow evening at 8:10 PM ET with Chris Schwinden making his first start of the season.