Mets Notes: Offense, Bullpen Lead Mets to 7-3 Win

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Jon Niese had another good start, and the bullpen was able to hold the Marlins in check, as the Mets win 7-3 and move to 3-2 on the year.

Now to the notes:

At-Bat (Positives):

Jon Niese had another really good start. He was working with his entire arsenal of pitches, and they all looked really good. While he didn’t get the win, it was his 22nd straight start going at least 6 innings, which is huge for a team that needs to get a lot of work out of their rotation.

The MVP of this team.

The MVP of this team.

The starting rotation is still a strength for this team, as they sport a sub 1.50 ERA to this point. If this team wants to compete for an entire 162 game season, the starting pitching needs to be good, if not great. It’s a great sign to see them doing so well this early.

Lucas Duda is starting to draw walks. He drew two more today. If he can continue to do that, he will become a bigger offensive threat.

John Buck is a one-man RBI machine. He had four today, and was the main part of the Mets’ comeback today. Going to be hard for Terry to play d’Arnuad over him when Travis is called up.

The grit of this team once again showed up. Just a team effort today to earn a huge win.

For the first time since 1999, the Mets have hit a home-run in each of their first six games. Impressive for a team that lacked power last year.

The bullpen looked good today. Edgin, Lyon, Parnell, and Atchison all have impressed early.

These are the guys that Terry should feel comfortable going to in a tight game.

Collin Cowgill deserves to play every day. With his homerun today, he’s shown he has power, can bat leadoff, and play good defense. Exactly what Terry is looking for in center.

In the Hole (Negatives):

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Tejada has to turn it around ASAP.

Ruben Tejada’s defense is becoming a concern. While it’s still only five games into the season, he’s going to need to clean his act up. If not, prepare to hear the name Wilmer Flores be talked about. He’s a guy that hits the ball well and for power, and might need to get better defensively, but can fit in nicely.

Terry Collins has played with his outfield a bit too much. But until somebody proves themselves worthy of playing every day, this is what he’s going to do.

Niese went over 100 pitches in his six innings of work, and that doesn’t spell good things.

Two straight days of the starting pitcher throwing over 100 pitches and not getting seven innings of work. These starters need to be more efficient with their pitches.

While the bullpen isn’t terrible, it’s not something Mets fans trust.

On-Deck (What to expect next?):

With Aaron Laffey getting his first start as a Met tomorrow, the Mets look to take the third game of their series with the Marlins.

John Buck will get the day off tomorrow, so Anthony Recker will get his first start behind the plate.

Jose Fernandez will make his major league debut for the Marlins tomorrow. He has not pitched above single-A ball in his career.

Being a team that doesn’t have a lot of talent, the Mets are going to need to win every game they can, and tomorrow is no different.

The Mets haven’t been below .500 yet this season, so keeping this good start going is huge. Let’s Go Mets.

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