The New York Mets had a promising 2-1 lead over the Atlanta Braves in the sixth. Unfortunately, a six run sixth inning for the Braves put the game out of reach for the Mets.
Callaway Loses His Cool
Mickey Callaway had his first managerial ejection as a manager after disputing a non-call when Brandon Nimmo was hit on his elbow. In the same inning Jay Bruce seemed to break out of his funk when he drilled a bases loaded double to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. The Mets hopes were quickly put out when Devin Mesoraco grounded into a double play with runners on second and third to end the inning.
The Braves stormed right back against Zack Wheeler who held them to one run over the first five innings. Freddie Freeman led off the bottom of the sixth with a home run to tie the game at two. The six run inning was capped off by a grand slam by Ozzie Albies. The home run came off Paul Sewald but three of those runs were charged to Wheeler. The Mets bullpen continues to show how unreliable they are.
Bounces Going The Braves Way
The Mets came within inches of ending the sixth inning with the game still close. Ender Inciarte blooped a single past Amed Rosario to give the Braves a 3-2 lead. Shortly after, he was handed a gift of a stolen base when Asdrubal Cabrera dropped the ball attempting to tag Inciarte. Both plays would have ended the inning if the out was recorded. These type of situations tend favor good teams like the Braves and hurt struggling teams like the Mets.
Once Inciarte blooped the single over Rosario’s glove, there was a sense of the game being over at that moment. The poor Mets offense continued their historically bad offensive struggles which kills any momentum their pitchers give them. They were set down 1-2-3, five times and managed a measly three hits. The Mets are now 28-35 and have no reason to think they will sniff the .500 mark again this season.
Jacob deGrom will pitch on Wednesday, hoping to get enough runs to finally get a win he deserves. It may be another one of those starts where deGrom needs to throw a shutout to win and even that may not be enough for the Mets ace.