What else can you say about today's game? Just when you thought David Wright was DL-bound, he returns the lineup in a major way. He went 3-5 including a first pitch HR in the first inning.
The rest was left up to my twin, Jon Niese. Fresh off his dominating start against the Braves, Niese handcuffed the Phillies today. 102 pitches (still a little high for not getting out of the 7th), 5 singles, no runs, 1 walk, 5 Ks. Yes, the Phillies look absolutely awful without Utley and Howard but that line in that bandbox is impressive, no matter who's playing.
A few weeks ago, I predicted 13 wins for Niese on my podcast Wait 'Til Next Year. Well, two starts... two gems. His real test will come later this year since he's never been able to stay healthy. If he can, he's looking at a fantastic year.
I don't know when I should be officially worried about Ike. He went 1-5 today to raise his average to .071. Yes, it's still early. Yes, he's still coming off a lost season and the whole Valley Fever scare in the spring. I'm just wondering when you broach the idea of moving him out of that cleanup spot. Just something to think about.
Great win, now let's go for the sweep tomorrow. I know this is all house money but a sweep in Philly would be fucking sweet, April or no April.
Game 8: Mets 5, Phillies 0
Mets 2012 record: 6-2