Sure, if you wanted to, you could find negative trends all day for the New York Mets. 10-23 in their last 33. 2-11 in their last 13 at home. Ike Davis, 1-for-his-last what, 200?
A pair of things happened in the midst of this sweep by the Reds that I think could spell the difference between a non-contending season and an utterly disastrous season.
On back-to-back nights, Shaun Marcum and Jonathon Niese had terrible first innings. This didn’t come as any great shock to anyone. Niese entered the game with a 5.40 ERA; Marcum checked in at 6.75, though a more accurate detailing of how they pitched so far can be read here by Maggie Wiggin.
It’s what happened next that was encouraging. Marcum, adjusting, gave up just one run after the first, striking out five, walking none. Niese, adjusting, didn’t allow a run after the first, didn’t walk a batter, and struck out five.
Look, Matt Harvey is Matt Harvey. Zack Wheeler will likely be up soon, and hopefully he can help, though planning on a pitcher to come up and immediately dominate is usually a mistake.
But Niese and Marcum are the major candidates to determine whether this rotation goes 1-2 deep, or 3-4 deep. And seeing them both figure things out, in-game, was encouraging. I talked to Niese about it here.