Once again, a series that began well for the New York Mets ended with the team getting blown out in the final two games of that particular series. The Atlanta Braves outscored the Mets 23-9 in the past 24 hours, and neither of New York's starting pitchers made it out of the fifth inning in those two contests. They haven't been pretty every day, and they've given up more runs than they've scored since April 5. There's one thing all Mets fans can agree on heading into this Friday: Things could certainly be worse.
3 final thoughts on Mets at Braves: Give 'em a break
Johan Santana had a stinker on Tuesday evening. Nobody can deny that. When your outing begins with an outfielder making an error, though, it's just not meant to be your night. Jason Bay and Ike Davis both hurt Santana with costly mistakes, miscues that clearly rattled the veteran pitcher who is still looking for his first win of the season. Santana obviously can't crumble every time his defense betrays him. I still really don't see how you can "blame" Santana for that particular loss.
R.A. Dickey was merely a victim of awful weather conditions on Wednesday afternoon. Dickey's streak of 14 consecutive quality starts came to an end on a dark and stormy afternoon, as, with constant rain falling throughout the first six innings of play, Dickey was chased from the game after just 4.1 innings. 20 total runs and 30 total hits tell you all you need to know about what type of contest we saw on Wednesday.
3 final thoughts on Mets at Braves: Plenty of chances
When your pitching staff gives up a total of 14 runs in eight innings, you're probably going to lose the game. Regardless of that fact, New York batters had several chances to make Wednesday's game closer than an eight-run affair. The Mets stranded seven runners on base during innings five through seven. In all, New York left 11 guys on base during Wednesday's loss. Nobody can say for sure that the Mets would have completed the rally had they put more runs on the scoreboard during the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. It's not a stretch to suggest that a few additional runs would have put more pressure on the hosts and potentially given New York the boost the team needed to ultimately leave Atlanta with the series win.
3 final thoughts on Mets at Braves: Perspective (again)
I ended a piece in a similar manner one week ago. The last two days won't go down as the brightest moments of the season for the 2012 Mets. Nevertheless, the Mets have thus far this season played the Braves in six separate contests. New York won four of those games. The Amazins won two of three in Philly, and they went 3-3 on a road trip that included stops in Philly and Atlanta. A lot went wrong for the Mets over the past four days. Even still, I won't be losing any sleep tonight because of the team's play.
Visions of RBI base hits from Nieuwenhuis, Davis and Wright shall be dancing in my head until Thursday morning.
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