Despite a passionate showing of emotion from manager Mickey Callaway, the Mets were unable to sustain the momentum, as they lost to the Braves 8-2.
The evening started out with Zack Wheeler dueling against Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz. Throughout the night Wheeler found himself in situations where he had to pitch his way out of jams. Early in the game, Wheeler was able to do so, and through the first five innings his only mistake was a pitch he left up against Freddy Freeman that was launched for a home run. The sixth inning was where everything began to melt for the Mets, and Wheeler’s stat line became ugly because of it.
Over 5.2 innings, Wheeler struck out two and walked four while giving up six earned runs. Wheeler was left in even through his struggles. This may be due to the fact that Callaway was ejected in the top of the inning, which could have thrown a wrench in the plans of the night. Callaway was ejected for arguing balls and strikes while Jay Bruce was at the plate for the Mets.
Maybe seeing his manager get passionate inspired Bruce, because in the same at-bat, he launched a double to drive in two runs and give the Mets a 2-1 lead at the time. As it has been for the majority of this streak of extremely poor play by the Mets, they limited their scoring to only one inning. My Gut Reaction is that this team will not be able to break out of their slump until they learn to spread their run production out over more than one inning. Of course, to be able to spread the runs, you need to be able to score them first.
The rest of the Mets offense was stagnant for the entirety of the night, as a team they only amassed three hits. Besides Bruce’s double, Devin Mesoraco and Dom Smith each smacked a single in the ballgame.
Following the loss, the Mets have dropped eight of their 11 games to the Braves this season, and their overall record drops to 28-35. They will have to bounce back quickly tomorrow, and they have just the man in line to do so. Jacob deGrom will take the mound for the Mets at 12:10 tomorrow, as he takes on Mike Soroka at SunTrust Park.