Mets 7 Braves 4
Mets take advantage of misplays by Braves to split the series.
Mets Game Notes
Zack Wheeler was OK. Not great — 3 earned runs allowed on 4 hits and 2 walks, as he struck out 5 in six frames. The main problem was that half of the hits allowed were homeruns.
Braves starter Alex Wood allowed one more earned run, but also gave up 8 hits and walked 2 in only 4 1/3 innings. Though, he didn’t get much help from the eight men playing around him.
The Braves played a very sloppy game, and it cost them dearly. Evan Gattis may have single-handedly been responsible for the Mets’ four-run fourth. A wild pitch in the seventh that should’ve been blocked by defensive specialist Gerald Laird allowed Andrew Brown to advance to third, which caused the infield to be drawn in, which in turn allowed a Daniel Murphy grounder to find a hole between second and third and score Brown. The inning previous, a Freddie Freeman error set up a Mets rally that didn’t result in a run, but eventually motivated Alex Wood’s exit and incurred more pitches and stress on both Wood and reliever Kameron Loe. Loe, by the way, nearly allowed Marlon Byrd to score from third on a wildly thrown intentional ball. As I’ve mentioned several times before, these are not Bobby Cox‘s Braves.
Mets received a gift from the umpires in the 6th when David Wright‘s ground-rule double was not called, and instead, was a triple. Several bad things happened on this play. First, even though outfielder Reed Johnson threw up his hands to indicate it was a ground-rule double, it’s not his call, and either he or Evan Gattis should have continued pursuing the ball. Second, it was egregious that the umpiring crew did not at least get together and conference to make sure they were all in agreement on whether it was a live play or a dead ball. I’m not sure that any of them could have run out to follow the fly, as they needed to stay in the infield and be sure the runners touched all the bases — I’m not certain of the protocol in situations such as that.
For those of you who tuned in to Bloomberg at 2 PM and didn’t see Cristina Mariani, my apologies. Her appearance was canceled at the last minute because of the SAC Capital / Stephen Cohen news; apparently, the charges against Cohen are such a big deal that Bloomberg opted to cancel all ancillary programming and go with “hard news” all day.
Ironically — because this is a blog covering the Mets — it is the same Steven Cohen who helped bail out the Wilpons by buying a 4% share for $20M. It will be interesting to see what Bud Selig does if Cohen winds up being found guilty — and what the Mets do if it turns out they have to give back the $20M.
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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.