The Mets lost today despite wearing an Irish Mr. Met hat in honor of the holiday. Jon Niese got the start this afternoon and pitched very well, though you wouldn't be able to tell from the box score. Niese struck out 7 and only walked 1 in 5 innings of work, but he allowed 5 runs, 4 of which were "earned." That doesn't take into account the fact that Nick Evans lost a fly ball in the sun with 2 outs in the 5th inning, allowing 2 runners to score on the play. Niese did give up 7 hits, but overall, it was a good outing.
Manny Acosta allowed a run in 1.2 innings but recorded 3 strikeouts. The run scored after Michael O'Connor entered the game and gave up a single to the first batter he faced. Bobby Parnell struck out 2 but allowed 2 hits, once of which was a 2-run home run.
The bats were quiet for most of the afternoon as the Mets scored only 1 run through 8 innings. They woke up in the 9th inning, however, and scored 4 runs off Jonathan Papelbon in the 9th inning. With 2 outs and Dusty Ryan on second, Daniel Murphy and Kirk Niuewenhuis drew walks. Justin Turner and Jason Pridie each doubled after that, and Lucas Duda made the last out as the Mets' Papelbon-aided rally came up a few funs shy.
A few of the second base candidates shuffled positions in the bottom of the 6th as Daniel Murphy moved from second to first, Luis Hernandez moved from short to second, and Justin Turner entered the game at third base. Brad Emaus didn't play in the field as he was the DH. Here's where those second base competitors stand after this afternoon:
Again, these numbers are more useful for trying to determine what the front office and manager might be thinking about the position than anything else. Both the small-sample spring stats and track record indicate that Murphy is the most likely player of the bunch to produce with his bat. Hernandez is included for the first time here since he finally logged some innings at the position.
Nice work by Brooklyn Dodgers Mets Fan; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.
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