The bad news is that Jon Niese looks like a guy who can't be trusted with a start in the postseason.
Niese allowed six runs in five innings of work, with five of those runs coming in a costly third inning. The big blow was a no-doubter three-run home run hit by Darin Ruf. Niese struck out two, walked two, and allowed a lot of hard contact. His ERA rose to 4.17, and despite a strong stretch of starts in July and August, Bartolo Colon seems like a more reliable option for the postseason rotation, should the Mets get there. There's still a month to play, though, so stay tuned.
The Mets briefly made it interesting, scoring four runs in the fifth inning to pull within 6-4. A convincing two-run home run from Yoenis Cespedes was the highlight. However, Bobby Parnell, Eric O'Flaherty, and Carlos Torres poured water on a grease fire and combined to allow eight runs in the sixth inning. Yes, eight runs. It was ugly to watch.
Terry Collins's decision to go to Parnell in a close game was first-guessed by Mets fans everywhere. The struggling reliever walked the first two batters he faced, then threw ball past Daniel Murphy at first base after a sacrifice bunt attempt by Freddy Galvis. O'Flaherty entered the game and it was a blur of walks, singles, doubles, and errors thereafter. Not even the never-say-die 2015 Mets could come back from a 10-run deficit.
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