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Lineups: Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets 7:10 pm et.

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Atlanta Braves (60-91):

1. Ender Inciarte (L) CF
2. Adonis Garcia (R) 3B
3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
4. Matt Kemp (R) LF
5. Nick Markakis (L) RF
6. Anthony Recker (R) C
7. Jace Peterson (L) 2B
8. Dansby Swanson (R) SS
9. Ryan Weber (R) P

SP: Ryan Weber RHP (1-1, 5.46 ERA)

New York Mets (80-71):

1. Jose Reyes (S) 3B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
5. T.J. Rivera (R) 2B
6. Alejandro De Aza (L) CF
7. James Loney (L) 1B
8. Rene Rivera (R) C
9. Bartolo Colon (R) P

SP: Bartolo Colon RHP (14-7, 3.14 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY.

Mets fall to Braves for second straight night in a row

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The New York Mets (80-71) fell to the Atlanta Braves (60-91) for the second night in a row by the final score of 5-4. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…

http://m.mlb.com/gameday/braves-vs-mets/2016/09/20/449117?#game=449117,game_state=final,game_tab=box

Game Notes:

  • Robert Gsellman was solid despite picking up tonight’s loss going 5.1 innings and giving up 2 runs on 5 hits, while walking 2 and striking out 6.
  • Relievers Fernando Salas and Jerry Blevins combined to allow 3 runs on 4 hits in 1.1 innings of work.
  • Asdrubal Cabrera was 3-3 with a double, 2 walks, a run scored and an RBI single.
  • Curtis Granderson was 1-4 with an RBI double.
  • T.J. Rivera was 1-3 with a sacrifice fly.
  • Eric Campbell was 1-1 with a pinch-hit RBI single.

Well after the last two days we can assume nothing is going to be easy with the Mets, and we should brace ourselves for a race down to the wire. The Mets have far and away the easiest schedule of the three teams battling for the NL Wild Card, and the Braves have taken it to the Mets the last two nights. It is very possible there is a three-way tie after tonight’s play with the Mets loss tonight, and victories by both the Cardinals and Giants. It is certainly frustrating to see the Mets not carrying the momentum built from over the weekend into this week’s series against the Braves. The Braves have historically given the Mets fits and put a damper on their postseason dreams in the past which makes it all the more frustrating. The Mets will have a chance tomorrow to salvage a game from the series tomorrow evening against the Braves, but I’m sure many Mets fans at this point may be internally freaking out about the way the team has looked the past two nights. 

I am currently not freaking out about the Mets chances just yet, but I am very concerned with the play of Jay Bruce. Bruce went 0-3 on the evening before Terry Collins pinch-hit for the former Reds slugger with Eric Campbell (yes you read that correctly), in the middle of the Mets three-run inning in the bottom of the eighth. Bruce also had the miscommunication in the top of the sixth in the outfield with Curtis Granderson which allowed the Braves to plate their first run of the game. I’m not sure where the Mets go from here with Bruce as he’s clearly been struggling on the field for the Mets, and they certainly haven’t gotten nothing close to the return on investment they were expecting when they made the trade. Collins has stressed that if you hit you will play, as Michael Conforto was in the lineup over Bruce both on Sunday and Monday. It will be interesting to see if Bruce, who has hit .176 since joining the Mets, will be in tomorrow’s lineup for the Mets or if they go in another direction yet again. 

The Mets will need to regroup and put together another winning streak if they want a chance to reach the postseason, as they have suffered back-to-back critical losses. I will not doubt this team yet as they have overcome multiple hurdles this season but time is of the essence and victories are the only thing that will matter over this final week and a half of the season. 

  • The Mets will look to avoid the sweep against the Braves tomorrow evening with a 7:10 pm et. scheduled first pitch. You can catch tomorrow night’s game on SNY.
  • Bartolo Colon (14-7, 3.14 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Mets and face Braves right-hander Ryan Weber (0-1, 6.00 ERA).

Lineups: Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets 7:10 pm et.

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Atlanta Braves (59-91):

1. Ender Inciarte (L) CF
2. Adonis Garcia (R) 3B
3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
4. Matt Kemp (R) LF
5. Nick Markakis (L) RF
6. Tyler Flowers (R) C
7. Jace Peterson (L) 2B
8. Dansby Swanson (R) SS
9. Julio Teheran (R) P

SP: Julio Teheran RHP (5-10, 3.18 ERA)

New York Mets (80-70):

1. Jose Reyes (S) 3B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
5. T.J. Rivera (R) 2B
6. Jay Bruce (L) RF
7. James Loney (L) 1B
8. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
9. Robert Gsellman (R) P

SP: Robert Gsellman RHP (2-1, 3.08 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY.

Lineups: Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets 7:10 pm et.

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Atlanta Braves (58-91):

1. Ender Inciarte (L) CF
2. Adonis Garcia (R) 3B
3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
4. Matt Kemp (R) LF
5. Nick Markakis (L) RF
6. Tyler Flowers (R) C
7. Jace Peterson (L) 2B
8. Dansby Swanson (R) SS
9. Aaron Blair (R) P

SP: Aaron Blair RHP (0-6, 8.23 ERA)

New York Mets (80-69):

1. Jose Reyes (S) 3B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
5. T.J. Rivera (R) 2B
6. Michael Conforto (L) RF
7. James Loney (L) 1B
8. Rene Rivera (R) C
9. Noah Syndergaard (L) P

SP: Noah Syndergaard RHP (13-8, 2.43 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on WPIX.

Mets Say Goodbye To Turner Field In Grand Fashion

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In the New York Mets (76-67) final game at the visiting Turner Field, they defeated the Atlanta Braves (55-88) by the final score of 10-3. For a full postgame recap follow the link below…

http://m.mlb.com/gameday/mets-vs-braves/2016/09/11/449000?#game=449000,game_state=final,game_tab=box

Game Notes:

  • Yoenis Cespedes led today’s offensive charge going 1-5 with a grand slam and 5 RBIs.
  • Seth Lugo pitched another marvelous game going 7 innings and allowing 2 runs on 6 hits, with 1 walk and 6 strikeouts. He also picked up his first career RBI with a sacrifice fly.
  • James Loney was 2-4 with a solo HR and an RBI double.
  • Asdrubal Cabrera was 3-5 with a triple and 3 runs scored.
  • Kelly Johnson was 1-5 with an RBI single.
  • Alejandro De Aza was 1-4 with an RBI single.

Backed behind an early Yoenis Cespedes grand slam in the top of the third inning, the Mets rolled to an easy victory in their final game at Turner Field. After last night’s tough defeat the Mets made sure to leave one last mark on the visiting ballpark that has haunted the organization for the better part of two decades. The Mets had taken a 6-0 lead after four innings, and behind Seth Lugo’s outstanding day on the mound that would be more than enough to write off any last second Turner Field hi jinx. The Mets will now say goodbye to the ballpark with an overall 67-106 record.

And speaking of Seth Lugo how good has he been for the Mets? At one point he retired ten straight Braves before allowing a solo home run to Brandon Snyder in his final inning of work in the seventh. Lugo has now put together a 4-2 record with 2.40 ERA for the Mets this season and has been a vital piece to the teams’s late season push. With both Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz both throwing off of a mound yesterday, although not at full strength, Lugo will continue to be relied upon in the Mets rotation down this final stretch. If and when both of those hurlers are set to return, it’s going to be very tough to take Lugo out of the rotation with the way he has pitched. 

The Mets will now head to Washington in the final series of their nine game road trip, in which they have posted a 5-1 record thus far. With the Cardinals loss today, the Mets now hold the final NL Wild Card spot by half a game while facing the toughest team left on their schedule. Also the Cardinals will be opening a three game series against the best team in baseball, the Chicago Cubs so no road will be easy for either team over the next three games. The Mets were able to not let Daniel Murphy beat them back at Citi Field last weekend, so it will be interesting if they can continue that trend this week. If they are able to do that, the Mets may have good fortunes ahead in their final matchup with the Nationals this season. 

  • The Mets and Nationals will kick off their final series of the regular season tomorrow night with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm et. You can catch tomorrow’s game on SNY.
  • Rafael Montero (0-0, 3.48 ERA) will get another opportunity in the rotation and make his third start of the season against a pitcher to be announced for the Nationals as they have not set their rotation for the upcoming series.

Lineups: Mets vs. Braves 1:35 pm et.

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New York Mets (75-67):

1. Jose Reyes (S) 3B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
5. Kelly Johnson (L) 2B
6. Alejandro De Aza (L) CF
7. James Loney (L) 1B
8. Rene Rivera (R) C
9. Seth Lugo (R) P

SP: Seth Lugo RHP (3-2, 2.38 ERA)

Atlanta Braves (55-87):

1. Ender Inciarte (L) CF
2. Adonis Garcia (R) 3B
3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
4. Matt Kemp (R) LF
5. Nick Markakis (L) RF
6. Anthony Recker (R) C
7. Dansby Swanson (R) SS
8. Gordon Beckham (R) 2B
9. Williams Perez (R) P

SP: Williams Perez RHP (2-2, 5.47 ERA)

Today’s game can be seen on SNY.

Lineups: Mets vs. Braves 7:10 pm et.

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New York Mets (75-66):

1. Jose Reyes (S) 3B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
5. Jay Bruce (L) RF
6. Wilmer Flores (R) 1B
7. Kelly Johnson (L) 2B
8. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
9. Bartolo Colon (R) P

SP: Bartolo Colon RHP (13-7, 3.22 ERA)

Atlanta Braves (54-87):

1. Ender Inciarte (L) CF
2. Adonis Garcia (R) 3B
3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
4. Matt Kemp (R) LF
5. Nick Markakis (L) RF
6. Jace Peterson (L) 2B
7. Dansby Swanson (R) SS
8. A.J. Pierzynski (L) C
9. John Gant (R) P

SP: John Gant RHP (1-3, 4.70 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on WPIX.

Mets Fend Off Bad Turner Field Vibes In Game 1.

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The New York Mets last night rallied from four runs down to defeat the Atlanta Braves 6-4, in a game that was almost reminiscent of the old Turner Field days. The Braves gave it to the Mets early with a Matt Kemp home run in the bottom of the second. They followed that act up in the bottom of the 5th with RBI singles by Adonis Garcia and Nick Markakis to give them a comfortable lead of 4-0. Continue reading

Lineups: Mets vs. Braves 7:35 pm et.

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New York Mets (74-66):

1. Jose Reyes (S) 3B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
5. Wilmer Flores (R) 2B
6. Jay Bruce (L) RF
7. James Loney (L) 1B
8. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
9. Robert Gsellman (R) P

SP: Robert Gsellman RHP (2-1, 2.87 ERA)

Atlanta Braves (54-86):

1. Ender Inciarte (L) CF
2. Adonis Garcia (R) 3B
3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
4. Matt Kemp (R) LF
5. Nick Markakis (L) RF
6. Tyler Flowers (R) C
7. Jace Peterson (L) 2B
8. Dansby Swanson (R) SS
9. Julio Teheran (R) P

SP: Julio Teheran RHP (5-9, 3.01 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY.

Mets acquire Kelly Johnson

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The New York Mets acquired utility player Kelly Johnson from the Atlanta Braves and cash considerations in exchange for right-handed pitcher Akeel Morris.

With the Mets offense struggling and numerous injuries depleting the lineup, GM Sandy Alderson felt the need to make a move to strengthen the 25-man roster. Johnson had been previously acquired last July along with Juan Uribe from the Atlanta Braves, and both players played a role in helping the Mets reach last year’s World Series.

Johnson isn’t having his best statistical season however, as he is only hitting .215 with one home run and ten RBI’s in 49 games. You can only hope that a change of scenery will help the 34-year old Johnson get back on track. Johnson can play a number of different positions for the Mets and his versatility will be welcomed all over the diamond. Johnson is currently playing on a one-year $2 million deal he signed with the Braves in the offseason.

The 23-year old right-handed pitcher Akeel Morris, was recently ranked as the 16th best prospect in the Mets system by MLB.com. While Morris has had solid numbers over his six previous minor league seasons, he has struggled this season at Double-A posting a 4.62 ERA in 22 appearances. Morris has predominately been a reliever in the Mets system and one would think he would continue that trek in the Braves system.