Jonathon Niese struggles as Mets routed by Pittsburgh Pirates on Banner Day

Mets starting pitcher Jon Niese leaves the field

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Mets starting pitcher Jon Niese leaves the field after being taken out in the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a baseball game at Citi Field. (May 11, 2013) (Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

For the Mets, there is Matt Harvey, and there is everybody else. And on what should have been a festive occasion Saturday, the Pirates showcased the massive drop-off that takes place when anybody but Harvey takes the mound.

The Mets absorbed an 11-2 loss to the Pirates, who spoiled Banner Day by battering left- hander Jonathon Niese for eight runs, tying the highest total of his career. He...

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