Jon Niese had a forgettable big-league debut last night in Milwaukee, but the bullpen and bats rallied to give the Mets another huge victory. Don’t look now, but this team has won 16 of 21. Hey, the ‘pen has tossed 13 scoreless, led by the sparkling pitching of Brian Stokes.
The notebook deals with a healthy return for Carlos Beltran,who knocked a big three-run homer. There’s also an update on Billy Wagner, who won’t pitch in minor-league games this weekend, plus Pedro (will he start, won’t he start?), John Maine, and the return of Al Reyes. I talked to Reyes in the dugout yesterday; he told me his arm felt strong and his velocity was fine.
I also wrote what we in the biz call an early, which is basically a feature that can run if the game runs long. Mine focused on Jose Reyes, whose low-key pregame routine has him fresh for September. … On another note, Reyes and I spoke for a while yesterday afternoon before the game and I wish I could play the audio for you. The interview was terrific. If anyone thinks he didn’t take a look at himself after last year, you are dead wrong.
I’ll be at the park around 9:30, Central time. Check back for updates then as the Mets go for the sweep.