The New York Mets continued their homestand by sweeping the Atlanta Braves and extended their win streak to 4 games.
This may have been the ugliest sweep in all of Metkind. Sure, the Mets pitching held the Braves to 3 runs in 23 innings, but the Braves pitching was actually better.
The Mets collected fewer hits (18) and walks (9) then the Braves (19 and 16), but were able to outscore them 9 to 3.
How? These Braves didn’t really play like a Bobby Cox team. They made 7 errors, were just 3 for 22 with runners in scoring position and left 28 men on base in 23 innings. The Braves also hit into 4 double plays and were pathetic on the base paths, running themselves out of at least one rally. You are not going to score many runs or win many games playing like that.
Particularly their leader, Chipper Jones, he appeared to be a shell of his former self. Normally a Met killer, he looked worn out, especially in the second game, taking two called third strikes. Then his third error of the series led to the only run of the final game, giving the Mets the victory. For years, I’ve cursed Chipper for killing the Mets, but I actually felt sorry for him these past 3 games. He should go out with Bobby Cox and retire at the end of the year.[picappgallerysingle id="6510995"]
The Mets weren’t a much better hitting team, they were only 4 of 19 with runners in scoring position and left 19 on base. On the upside, they were able to steal 5 bases without being caught and only hit into one double play, but t was their timely hitting that won the series. Stringing together hits when they needed them, getting just enough to win. And that’s all you really need, just enough.
Next up for the Mets are the Los Angeles Dodgers, who come into town losers of 4 of 6 on their road-trip. The Dodgers will be without starting pitching Vicente Padilla and left fielder Manny Ramirez.
Will the Mets continue their winning ways? If the pitching holds up, they might, but not if they don’t start hitting, 15th (of 16th) in the NL in both average and slugging. Only once this season have the Mets gotten more than 10 hits, and haven’t scored more than 6 in two weeks.
Even with pitching like the Mets are getting recently, they can’t continue to win with smoke & mirrors, eventually its going to catch up with them. Moving Jose Reyes to the third spot has helped, he’s scored a run every game, and Jason Bay has a hit in each of those games. New first baseman, Ike Davis seems to have energized this team as well. (Is Daniel Murphy the new Wally Pipp?)
Lets see how they finish this homestand versus the Dodgers, because after that they head to Philadelphia to face the Phillies for the first time this season.