The Mets Tour de Four Game Sweep in Atlanta
Bartolo Colon goes Dorian Gray, beating the Braves 7-2 in a rain delay, becoming the first pitcher 42 or older to go 31 2/3 scoreless innings.
Juan Uribe and Kevin Palwecki had a profitable day at the plate with three RBI’s a piece in the Mets first of four games against Atlanta.
Friday night, rookie Steven Matz, without his best stuff, mopped the Turner Field floor giving up one run in and six hits, improving his record to a perfect 3-0.
Yoenis Cespedes, the Mets clutch hitting ex-Tiger that Detroit let out of their tank for prospect pitching, put three ribbies in the record books, and with the Mets 5-1 win, their fifth in a row, NY’s becoming ridiculous in their race for the pennant.
Saturday, towering right-hander Noah Syndergaard limited the home team to one run and two hits over eight innings but the Mets Tyler Clippard was unreliable in relief allowing the Braves to tie it at four.
Then, another player, whom the Mets bartered for, Kelly Johnson, singled in the go ahead run – the result of a Travis d’Arnaud double. And just like that, the Amazins’ are 9 ½ ahead of the Nats.
Sunday, NY raised the bar on belittling another baseball team, beating the Braves 10-7 in ten innings despite their abominable defense and Atlanta’s major league misfortune.
Two bases loaded walks by the Braves bullpen, and a throwing error by rookie third baseman Hector Olivera, cost Atlanta their dignity, as they were swept away 4-0 in their own backyard.
Mets’ hard luck lefty, Jonathon Niese only gave up 2 earned runs, but Lucas Duda, Juan Uribe, Daniel Murphy, and Curtis Granderson were culpable for costly errors.
But from what we’re learning about the NY Mets, it doesn’t matter if you tie the score or even take the lead because they play every game expecting to win, and unfortunately for their opponents, that line of strategy is working very well.
Tomorrow, it’s back to the sunshine state for another mash up with the Miami Marlins. Logan Verrett will take the mound for the Mets in lieu of a limited Matt Harvey, against rookie Justin Nicolino who’s hoping to recover from a rough start against the Rockies.