The Atlanta Braves were able to complete a sweep over the Mets at home in dominant fashion as they defeated them 11-0.
Looking for a bounce back performance after getting bombarded in his first start in San Diego, Jason Vargas did not do any better in Citi Field. Over his 4.2 innings of work, Vargas was lit up with 11 hits, six earned runs, and three home runs. He was never able to find his groove or develop a rhythm, and it is starting to become concerning. The Mets pitching staff, which has mostly been frail through this part of the season, needed a veteran arm like Vargas in the rotation. Instead, it seems that Vargas is just a liability who throws fastballs that are as flat as a desert.
The concern continued after Vargas exited the game, as Matt Harvey came in for a relief appearance. His struggles continued as well, as he allowed five runs over a two inning stint on the mound. As usual, it seemed as if Harvey had no interest in being on the mound, and the crowd appeared to share the same feeling as he did. My Gut Reaction is that the Mets are truly going through some severe pitching struggles, and they need to solve it sooner rather than later.
On the mound for the Braves was Julio Teheran, who continued his trend of being especially dominant over the Mets. Teheran was so dominant that he held the Mets hitless through 6.2 innings. Asdrubal Cabrera broke the no hit bid up with a double. Adrian Gonzales reached on an infield hit two at bats later.
As a fan base, we were treated to another dose of Brandon Nimmo in the bottom of the ninth. Down 11-0, Nimmo battled his way to a walk, displaying the most effort of any of the Mets players today. Juan Lagares singled in the following at bat, but that would end the offensive production for the day. If there is any consolation in the fact that the Mets were shut out in two consecutive games, it may be that the last time it happened was during the 2015 Pennant season.
After getting swept by the Braves, the Mets now fall to 17-12 on the season. Tomorrow they host the Colorado Rockies to start a three game series. At 7:10, Steven Matz will be on the mound against German Marquez.