Mets Game 87: Loss to Braves
Braves 7 Mets 5
This is not the way the Mets wanted to start the second half.
Mets Game Notes
The Braves became the first team to figure out how to hit Chris Young‘s batting-practice fastball. As it turns out, all Braves batters had to do was pretend they were in batting practice, and expect the ball to be about 82-84 MPH, around waist high, over the middle of the plate. With that mindset, the Braves bashed Young for five runs on six hits and three walks in three innings.
The rest of the Mets’ pitching staff didn’t fare much better. By the end of the night, Mets pitchers threw 202 pitches, 109 for strikes, allowing 10 hits and 11 walks in only 8 innings. When you allow 21 baserunners in 8 innings, you’re not winning many ballgames.
Strangely enough, the Mets were still hanging around by the end of the game. As it turned out, the Braves had a hard time converting all those baserunners into runs; they left 12 men on base and were 4-15 with RISP.
Next Mets Game
The Mets and Braves do it again at 4:05 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. R.A. Dickey goes to the hill against Tommy Hanson.