The Mets brought their hitting shoes with them to Atlanta, as they pounded out 14 hits, including three home runs, and downed the Braves, 10-4, Monday night in the first of a three-game set.

David Peterson was staked to a three-run lead early, as DJ Stewart and Rafael Ortega both went deep in the second inning. But Peterson surrendered four runs and found himself behind by the fourth inning.

But then something odd happened. The Mets continued to add on runs, while the Braves’ bats went cold. New York bunched a whole lot of hits together in the fifth inning and again went up three runs, this time by a 7-4 score.

And the following frame Francisco Lindor delivered a three-run homer, his 23rd of the season, and the rout was on.

It was a very good night for the bullpen. Four relievers combined to throw 4.1 scoreless innings, with Phil Bickford picking up the win after he came on with two outs in the fifth, finished that frame and added another inning pitched.

Jeff McNeil had a three-hit game, while Brandon Nimmo, Lindor, Pete Alonso and Stewart each added two hits.

Offense is fun.

5 comments on “Gut Reaction: Mets 10, Braves 4 (8/21/23)

  • T.J.

    Nice win. I hope they didn’t use up all their Atlanta series runs in game 1.

    Well, the pressure is on Megill. The Mets dealt not one but two hall of fame pitchers to clear rotation spots for him a Peterson for the playoff push. It’s time for him to show his thanks for that level of confidence. Ortega and Stewart certainly have.

    • TexasGusCC


      I like the thinking!

  • NYM6986

    Nice win. The kind we expected this year. Agree it’s a big start for Megill who has certainly failed to step up this year. Could he be better suited for the pen? Can’t figure that out this season with a lack of starting pitching. Seems like ages ago when I believe he pitched a season opener. Lindor quietly leads and has been the glue of the infield all season. DJ Stewart with his 6th home run. He’s the only one of the flock of no-names that looks like he will make the 2024 roster. After today Quintana throws the series finale. Another win toward .500, my revised 2023 goal. LGM

  • Metsense

    Gut Reaction: if McNeil, Lindor, Alsono and Nimmo were hitting like this in the first half then these games would be important. The bullpen was exceptional last night.
    Peterson should have been left in for more one batter and the chance for a win. I was the minority in the Chatter.
    Stewart wants you show the FO that he is more versatile and valuable then Vogelbach. Both are left-handed power hitters. His sacrifice squeeze play for a bunt resulted in a run. He also tried to steal a base but the ball was put in play. He has also been passable as a right fielder. He is seizing his opportunity for 2024 consideration.
    It is so good to beat the Braves!

  • Metsense


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