Mets Game 46: Loss to Braves
Braves 6 Mets 0
The Mets are shut out for the third time this year and second time in four games. Remember when they were leading the National League in runs per game?
Mets Game Notes
Dillon Gee stymied the Braves through the first four frames and twice through the lineup. The third time though, was a charm for Atlanta, as they tagged Gee for five runs in the fifth and chased him from the ballgame. The highlight of the inning was a two-run homer by opposing pitcher Mike Minor (his first ever in MLB) — he of the career .074 batting average. The blast seemed to spark his teammates, as it was the second of six straight hits in the inning.
Gee simply wasn’t fooling the Braves any more, and he fell behind 1-0 or 2-0 to five of those six hitters who rapped hits against him that inning. Opponents are hitting close to .500 against him the third time around.
Not that it mattered, since the Mets offense was completely impotent against Braves starter Mike Minor. In 7 1/3 against Minor, the Mets mustered three hits and two walks, and struck out ten times.
Less than an hour after I berated Ruben Tejada‘s inability to drop a bunt, Tejada dropped a bunt for a hit. Nice. But, too late.
Tejada had three hits. One was the bunt, one was an infield single, and one was a fly ball that strangely dropped between two Atlanta outfielders. Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than to be good.
Robert Carson took one for the team, providing 2 1/3 garbage innings. After the fifth frame, it appeared as though the Mets just wanted to get the game over with — not much inspiration on the home team’s side was witnessed.
To be honest, I also couldn’t wait for this game to be over. It’s hard to stay interested in a game when it’s obvious that the players aren’t interested. Seemed I wasn’t alone, as the Citi Field stands were fairly empty as of the sixth. Can’t really blame the fans for leaving, considering the weather and the score.
Greg Burke also saw action, and it appears that his release point has been lost again. His arm angle varied between almost under to more toward Sean Green-sidearm, which isn’t a good place for him to be. He did record three strikeouts, but I don’t see that process succeeding over the long haul; those Ks were more about mystery than method.
Daniel Murphy badly misplayed a grounder in the 8th, then kicked the ball, but it was scored a hit. What, exactly, constitutes an error these days.
After getting hit in his first at-bat, Jordany Valdespin was bailing out in his second at-bat. I wonder if these HBPs are getting in his head. I know it was a six-run game, and it was freezing, wet and windy, and it was the last out of the game, but I wasn’t exactly impressed with Valdespin’s effort down the first base line after grounding out. It would be nice to see a young guy fighting for playing time to show a little hustle, you know?
Interesting point brought up by the FOX crew: the Braves have former / potential All-Stars behind the plate, at 1B, and in LF, and their backup at all three positions — Evan Gattis — also happens to be their RBI leader (actually, his 29 RBI are one less than Freddie Freeman‘s team-leading 30, but you get the idea). You see that kind of talent and depth, and the age of those four players, then look at the Mets, and wonder … hmmm … how will the Flushing futiles ever catch up to the division leaders? And this is before we discuss the pitching staffs and the other five positions on the field.
Did anyone else miss GKR in the booth?
How do you like Andy Martino’s new look?