I'm not surprised by Jason Vargas' performance last night. Though Mets management might believe he's ready for the big-time, I don't. And last night Vargas proved it. A New York Post headline summed up his performance: "VARGAS ATROCIOUS DURING METS' THIRD STRAIGHT LOSS." In three and a third innings he gave up nine runs on 11 hits. This is the guy that Minaya traded Henry Owens for, who not only is on the Marlins roster but has an ERA under 2.00. Another bad Minaya deal.
The Cyclones beat Aberdeen 2-1 without giving up an earned run. Five pitchers contributed toward the win with starter Eric Niesen pitching the most, three and third innings. A lefty out of Wake Forest University, the Mets selected Niesen in the third round of the 2007 baseball draft. He both started and relieved at Wake Forest, limiting opposing batters to a team-low .218 average. Read Inside Pitch Magazine's interview with Niesen.