Braves 3 Mets 1
When did a two-run deficit seem insurmountable?
Mets Game Notes
Mets starter Carlos Torres was absolutely fabulous through the first six innings, shutting out the Braves batters in remarkably efficient fashion (66 pitches in those first six frames!). The Bravos were typically aggressive, helping drive down the pitch count, but Torres was feeding them exactly what he needed to feed them — the first two times through the lineup. But as they say, the third time’s a charm, and it certainly was for Atlanta, who teed off on Torres during their third time facing him.
Unfortunately for Torres, he had no room for error, because the Mets could do nothing against Atlanta starter Kris Medlen, who looked like the Medlen that dominated in 2012. His change-up was sick, and he was getting contact-less waves at it in all counts, including 0-0.
Red-hot Daniel Murphy, Lucas Duda, and Eric Young, Jr., all touched
Kimbrel Medlen for extra-base hits, but only Young converted his triple into a run. As a team the Mets were 1-for-9 with RISP. Ouch.
Craig Kimbrel breezed to his 44th save of the season. It’s really unfair to hitters when Kimbrel is “on.” With a 98-MPH fastball that he spots knee-high on the corners, one of the sharpest curveballs in MLB, a nasty slider, and a decent change-up, why isn’t he starting?
Perhaps the biggest news of the game was B.J. Upton breaking the Mendoza Line for the first time of the year. For the youngins’ who have no idea what I’m talking about, Upton is finally hitting .200
I write this nearly every time the Mets play the Braves, but I’m writing it again: Evan Gattis is a beast.
Next Mets Game
The Mets and Braves have a getaway day afternoon ballgame starting at 12:10 PM on Wednesday afternoon. Dillon Gee faces Kameron Loe. If that pitching matchup isn’t a gift for the Mets, I don’t know what is.
Mets Item of the Day
Another back-to-school kinda item — a sleek black sling backpack adorned with the Mets logo. It’s on sale for $25.21 (regularly $27.60) and there are only five left in stock as of this writing, so act now! If you can see the image below, click it to buy from Amazon. Otherwise, follow this link to check it out: MLB New York Mets Sling Backpack, Black
About the Author
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.