Terry Collins, Jonathon NieseThe Mets (23-17) had their 3 game winning streak snapped tonight thanks to the Cardinals (26-13) lighting up Jonathan Niese like a Christmas tree and finishing them off by a score of 10-2. They appeared well rested after that 14 inning affair in yesterday’s game and took it to Niese early and often, scoring a run in each of the first four innings before blowing it open in the 6th. The fact that Niese was left in that long is beyond me. If the Mets truly want to contend this year, they can’t do so while keeping Niese in the rotation. He is inconsistent, has no out pitch and can’t get over the hump any time he faces any sort of adversity on the bump.

gonzonieseJonathan Niese (3-4) was sent to an early shower after allowing 8 earned runs on 11 hits in 5 plus innings. He saw his ERA balloon to 3.72 and he has been an absolute disaster on the mound. His WHIP is now approaching 2.00 and he is struggling to strike anyone out. Despite some success (mainly due to smoke and mirrors), I have not seen anything from Niese in nearly two years that suggests he should be a mainstay in anyone’s rotation, especially the Mets with guys like Matz, Montero and even Gee available to fill in.

gonzonieseThe Mets offense is once again MIA. After last night’s extra inning affair, it would have been a great time for the Mets bats to show some signs of life, any signs of life. Aside from a lucky Daniel Murphy 2-run home run that just caught the foul pole, the offense was silent tonight, mustering just 2 runs off of 5 hits. This game was doomed from the words Play Ball with Niese being such a bad matchup against these St. Louis Cardinals. The next two weeks will be a long stretch if the Mets can’t compile any sort of offense while waiting for d’Arnaud and Wright to return, no matter how well the pitchers pitch.