New York Mets: Emma Wiggle

Rapid Reaction: Pirates 11, Mets 2

May, 11, 2013
5/11/13
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WHAT IT MEANS: Not to fear -- Matt Harvey Day is next.

Jonathon Niese was charged with a career-high-matching eight runs while lasting only 4 1/3 innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates drubbed the Mets, 11-2, Saturday afternoon on Banner Day at Citi Field. There was a 47-minute rain delay in the middle of the ninth inning, after which Andrew Brown delivered a solo homer.


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Jon Niese allowed a career-high-matching eight runs, including two homers.


The Mets (14-19) -- who matched their low-water mark at five games under .500 -- did not post much at the plate anyway. They mustered only a sixth-inning run, on Marlon Byrd’s infield single against Francisco Liriano. The southpaw tossed 5 1/3 innings in his Pirates debut.

Niese, who recently had been dealing with a back issue, surrendered homers to Jose Tabata (4-for-5) and Jordy Mercer. Niese’s final pitch, a fastball that registered only 85 mph, resulted in a run-scoring double by Tabata that made it 6-0. Niese’s velocity has, on average, been 1 mph slower this season.

Terry Collins wanted to stay away from overused Scott Atchison, but was forced to insert him after Niese’s short outing. Atchison, inheriting a pair of runners in scoring position, allowed both to score on Michael McKenry’s single. Atchison also was charged with a run of his own as Pittsburgh’s lead swelled to 9-0.

How agonizing has it been in non-Harvey starts?

Harvey is 4-0 with a 1.28 ERA and has averaged seven innings per outing. The remainder of the Mets’ starters have produced a 4-13 record and 5.59 ERA and have averaged five innings a start.

WALK THE PLANK: Jordany Valdespin, who admired his pinch-hit homer a wee bit too much in a lopsided game Friday, was sent up as a pinch hitter by Collins this time in the seventh inning with the Mets trailing, 10-1. Predictably, Valdespin was plunked in the right arm by the second pitch from Bryan Morris. Valdespin "threw a fit" in the dugout afterward, Kevin Burkhardt tweeted.

WHAT’S NEXT: After the Wiggles perform pregame, with Lachy, Simon and Emma making their New York City debuts, Harvey opposes Pirates right-hander Jeanmar Gomez (2-0, 2.38 ERA) as the Mets look to salvage a split of the four-game series Sunday at 1:10 p.m.. Various Mets will use pink bats and batting gloves in the Mother’s Day game.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
14 4.02 143 190
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .295
HRL. Duda 28
RBIL. Duda 86
RD. Murphy 76
OPSL. Duda .832
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.49
SOZ. Wheeler 180