Mets Game 134: Loss To Braves

Braves 6 Mets 1

The game was much closer and more interesting than the final score might indicate.

Mets Game Notes

For four innings, Mike Minor had a perfect game and had driven in the Braves’ only run. For seven innings, Minor’s RBI single was the only run given up by Jonathon Niese, who didn’t have much problem setting down the everyday Braves batters. But then Minor led off the 8th with a double and all heck broke loose. It kind of reminded me of a little league game, where the best pitcher on a team is also the best hitter, and singlehandedly dominates his (or her, if she’s Mo’ne Davis) opponent.

Except, it was a Major League game, and the Braves position players suddenly remembered they’re generally counted on to provide the offense. By the end of the 8th, Niese was out of the game and the Atlanta lead swelled to 3-0, then expanded to 6-1 as the Braves feasted on Daisuke Matsuzaka in his first game back from the DL. Suffice to say, Dice-K did not look great.

At least the Mets avoided a shutout. But, they managed only four hits and one walk against Minor, striking out six times.

Minor wasn’t the only offensive star — Emilio Bonifacio was 4-for-5 with 2 RBI and a run scored.

Combined, only 250 pitches thrown by the two clubs. Yet the game was still two and half hours long. With that kind of efficiency, one would think the game would have been a little quicker. Dice-K didn’t have THAT much of an impact on the timing, in his two-thirds of an inning of work.

David Wright was back in the lineup — or at least, that’s what it says in the boxscore. He was otherwise invisible.

Back in March, would you have believed that the two biggest holes in the Mets lineup in late August would be Wright and Curtis Granderson? And that Ruben Tejada would have more walk-off hits than anyone else?

The Mets have now reached that magic number of 10 games below .500. Uh-oh.

Next Mets Game

Mets host the Phillies on Phriday night beginning at 7:10 PM. Jacob deGrom faces David Buchanan.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Gabriel August 29, 2014 at 11:39 am
    Hey Joe.

    Interesting decisions by the Mets after the game, first Dilson Herrera promoted and Murphy on DL. Second, not quite a decision yet, but there have been discussions about movind d’Arnaud to the outfield. Tough to say if that would work out, but I haven’t heard of a catcher who moved to the outfield. Your thoughts.

    • DanB August 29, 2014 at 5:20 pm
      How quickly you forget Todd Hundley. Does anyone remember Elston Howard and Yogi Berra platooning between catcher and outfield?
  2. DanB August 29, 2014 at 7:51 pm
    By the way, Dave, I have been thinking about your recent critisms of David Wright. While I certainly agree that if DWright was having an average year, the Mets would be better off. However, I applaud Wright for what he is doing. First of all, I believe he is playing injured and this is effecting his play. He has been too good for too long to drop so quickly without some external reason. Also, this is a man who played with a broken back, playing hurt is in his DNA. Imagine if Wright got his shoulder cleaned out and rehab for 10 weeks? Who would of played third? The Mets have no depth. If Cambell, played third, then Duda hits against lefties and I worry about his confidence level. I believe an injured Wright is better then no Wright. And don’t underplay how much Wright means to the team financially. People buy his jersies and pay to see him. Without Wright, a financially handicapped Mets would be further hurt. This season will hurt Wright’s position as an elite player. But rather then sitting it out, he is doing what he can. I admire Wright this year as much as any year he has had. Assuming, of course, he is playing hurt.