The Mets lost their first series of the season last night as they fell to the Marlins 3-1. It wasn’t so much due to a “quality start” from rookie Jon Niese, who pitched six innings and allowed those three runs. It was because for the second straight night, the Mets produced little offense.
It’s ironic then that the Mets made so many acquisitions in the off-season to bolster the offense that that is what let them down for the second straight game.
They’ll try to do better tonight when the Mets take on the Nationals. Mike Pelfrey is pitching, and the Mets hope for better things than what they saw from him in Spring Training.
The Mets will have to play that game without Luis Castillo, who is nursing an ailing right calf. According to the New York Post, Jerry Manuel said there’s an outside chance Ruben Tejada will not be sent down after Jose Reyes is activated.
Speaking of Reyes, he is expected to rejoin the team on the field tomorrow. He didn’t have a great offensive day in his last rehab game, but his presence alone should provide a nice boost to the team.
Former Met Nelson Figueroa pitched his first game as a Philly after that team claimed him off waivers Monday. He allowed the go-ahead run that pushed the Nationals ahead, but at least he saw a familiar face when he did it. Brian Schneider caught that game.