The Mets continued their Spring of Discontent with an ugly 8-2 beating by the much-improved Atlanta Braves.
Rookie Robert Gsellman, seeking his first win of the season, surrendered five runs in the first inning – given the hook in the fifth after hurling 100 pitches.
The Braves jumped all over Gsellman’s sinker that never saw the light of day above 89 mph. After his clutch performance during last season’s starting pitching demise, the promising right-hander can’t seem to find the strike zone.
Conversely, Julio Teheran’s reign of terror, 4-0 with a 0.72 ERA in his last seven starts overall against New York, stopped the Braves six-game skid, extending the Mets losing streak to five.
Braves catcher Tyler Flowers’ bat was in bloom, tying a career high four hits – the most damaging, a three run double in the first.
For Terry Collins’ beleaguered ball club, it was another night of anemic lumber that bore two runs on sacrifice flies, one of which with the bases loaded.
And accompanying their silent offense was deafening defense that was indicative of The Bad News Bears.
Yoenis Cespedes booted a ball in the outfield, Gsellman hurt his own cause with a wide throw to first, and Jose Reyes fired two balls in the dirt across the diamond.
With an 8-12 record, one game from the NL East basement, it’s a bit early to push the panic button, but there is cause for concern with a 2017 Mets team that is playing more like it’s 1962.