Mets Beat Braves Behind Niese

The Mets capitalized on a strong outing by Jon Niese tonight, who pitched six innings of three-hit ball in tonights 4-0 victory over the Braves. Niece only struck out two, but pitched to contact, getting most of his outs on weakly-hit ground balls-not heroic by most, but most certainly efficient.

Braves starter Shelby Miller departed today knowing he will not earn a win, despite only allowing two runs through six innings. He has not received a win since late May because of shoddy Braves offense.

The two runs Miller allowed were courtesy of a Travis d’Arnaud groundout and a Michael Conforto home run in the first and second innings respectively. Daniel Murphy, making up for a boneheaded base running error in the first inning, doubled home two in the seventh inning, to extend the Mets’ lead to four. They didn’t look back, with strong outings from Addison Reed, Tyler Clippard, and Jeurys Familia.

Good win for the Mets, and a great confidence-booster for Niese, who has been struggling of late. Keep in mind that this is the struggling Braves team, whose offense is the worst in Major League Baseball. A playoff-bound team should have capitalized on Murphy’s base running error, so they caught a break there. I avoided reprimanding Collins last night, but make no mistake-Collin’s idiocy tonight warrants a banishment until the postseason. In the second inning, following a Wilmer Flores single with pitcher Jon Niese up (yes PITCHER Jon Niese up), Terry Collins, manager of the year candidate merely because the players are performing, called for a hit and run.

A hit and run. With Niese hitting, and Flores running.

Niese. Flores.

Hit and run.

This man, in no way, shape or form, should be awarded with manager of the year. Sandy Alderson did the leg work, bringing in guys like Cespedes, Clippard, Reed, Uribe, and Johnson, without giving up top prospects. Yet, Terry Collins is a legitimate candidate to take credit for these players success, who were already successful before coming to New York? Baseball needs to get rid of the notion that the manager who has the team that performs the best is deserving of manager of the year. The Pirates’ Clint Hurdle, Cubs’ Joe Maddon, and even the Nats’ Matt Williams are all more deserving. Granted, if the Nationals were more successful this year, Williams would be getting praise anyway.

Rookies Matt Wisler (5-8, 5.63) and Logan Verrett (1-1, 2.89) will battle it out tomorrow night at Citi Field. Wisler, having a disappointing start to his big league career, will try to revitalize his chances of being a fixture in the Braves’ rotation for years to come. Verrett, spot-starting in place of Jacob deGrom, will look to continue his low-key major league success as the Mets battle for a playoff spot.

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