The Mets had the second best pitching staff in baseball coming into this weekend, and the second worst set of hitters in the league. That's an odd duality, but it explains why they have yet to pull away from the pack in the NL East, mostly due to their offensive woes, which were on full display against the Braves as Atlanta swept away New York in shocking fashion.
Game 1 was the true shocker as John Gant (who I constantly want to call Ron Gant), had almost 7 full innings of 2 hit baseball, giving up just one run. The Braves offense exploded for 5 runs, going 5-14 with RISP, and 4 doubles. Freddie Freeman was on a tear all weekend, and he went 3/5 in the game with an RBI as the bullpen shut the door with no runs scored. All three components were there, Freddie good, starter good, bullpen good. Braves win 5-1.
Game 2 was the nailbiter comeback, possibly the comeback of the season so far for the Braves. Aaron Blair actually pitched for 6 innings, which was his deepest outing yet, but he still gave up 3 runs in the first 4 innings, and the Braves found themselves in a 3-0 deficit without a lot to look forward to. However, one thing I can say about this team that actually is true, and not a bunch of PR smokescreen, they will finish games and never give up. The Braves rallied with single runs in the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th inning to take a 4-3 lead, with the key run coming on an Ender Inciarte baserunning clinic. Ender was on second and took third on a tag because the right fielder was lollygagging the throw into second. Then, when the ball barely got away from the catcher on a wild pitch in the next AB, Ender swiped home with a really aggressive move from third base. It electrified the bench and the fans all over Twitter. Braves won 4-3.
Game 3 was your basic, ole fashioned whooping. Julio had the best game of his career as he put his foot on the Mets neck and never let up except for a single hit. That's right, Julio was just a solitary hit different than a perfect game. He walked nobody. Nobody on the Mets even made it to second base all game. Cue the middle school dance jokes. But Julio usually gets no support from the offense, and he got some in spades yesterday. Freddie Freeman went 4/5, Markakis had his 2nd homer of the year, and Julio himself had two sacrifices. Plus the Braves scored two runs on Mets pitcher errors, which made it even sweeter. You could see the entire Mets fanbase melt down on Twitter after the sweep by the worst team in baseball. You could rim margarita glasses with the salt coming out of New York. Braves won 6-0
Next up the Braves have a day off before a 2-gamer in Miami. They have a 5 game winning streak going, and they've played well against Miami, so I'd like to see them extend it. I'll be leaving for vacation on Tuesday evening, so you'll have to do without me blogging much until next week. I'm sure you'll manage. It's the summer and the team is riding high. Enjoy it while it lasts.