Mets Game 111: Loss to Braves
Braves 4 Mets 1
It didn’t seem that long ago that the Mets won five straight, were a season-high four games over .500, and still threatening to keep Wild Card hopes alive. Since then they’ve lost five in a row and are now one game under .500. In contrast, the Wild Card leading Braves are now 17 games over that magical number.
Mets Game Notes
Can’t really be upset with R.A. Dickey‘s outing. The knuckleballer went seven solid innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits an no walks, with five strikeouts. When a pitcher can put out that kind of effort, he has a pretty darn good chance of winning. Unless, of course, your team’s offense cannot muster more than four hits and a run.
Tim Hudson was really on his game. Like Dickey, he went seven innings. But the Braves crossed the plate more often and once a team enters the 8th behind in the linescore, it’s pretty difficult to turn the tables against the lights-out combo of Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel. Those two youngsters remind me of the year the Yankees shut the door with Mariano Rivera in the 8th and John Wetteland in the 9th.
Igarashi and Tim Byrdak were less than acceptable on this particular evening. Not that it mattered, since the offense wasn’t scoring anyway.
If you read the series preview you know I suggested that you keep an eye on Jose Constanza. Constanza went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI and played stellar defense in left field, possibly robbing Jose Reyes of two triples.
Good thing it was Fiesta Latina Night, so the fans had something to smile about. Some day, hopefully, the focus at Citi Field will be baseball, instead of music, dancing, and Shake Shack.