Friday, August 5, 2011

Game #111: Braves 4, Mets 1

New York had two whole days to prepare for their biggest series of the year. It looks like not even a week would have been enough.

R.A. Dickey once again received no run support and clutch hitting from the Braves' Jose Costanza (who?) and Dan Uggla (ugh) spelled doom for the Mets, who dropped their 5th straight game 4-1.

The Bad Stuff:
  • Tim Hudson baffled the Mets' bats for 7 innings, allowing 1 run on 2 hits in the 1st inning and one more hit the next 6. Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel did the rest.
  • Jose Reyes' mini-slump continues, as he went 0-4, dropping his league-leading batting average down to .336.
  • Ryota Igarashi allowed a 2-out 2-run single to Dan Uggla, who extended his hitting streak to 26 games, in the 8th inning, effectively putting the game out of reach.
The Good Stuff:
  • R.A. Dickey continues to pick up hard-luck loss after hard-luck loss, allowing just 2 runs on 5 hits in 7 innings, walking none (yes, none) and striking out 5. It's hard to believe that Dickey's record this year is 5-10, because he sure ain't pitching like a 5-10 starter most of the time.
  • David Wright kept the Mets from being shut out in the 1st, hitting an RBI double off the wall in left-center that plated Daniel Murphy.
  • I'd just like to add how much I loved tonight's uniforms. The "Los Mets" were all right, but the color scheme of the jerseys was just phenominal: Met blue with orange trim. That's what the Mets should be wearing as alternate jerseys, not the black stuff. Hope we see more of the blue uniforms.
Final Analysis:
It's hard to believe that just one week ago, these Mets were riding a 5-game winning streak and looked like they would get back into the Wild Card picture. But this past week wipes all that out, and now New York drops to 9 games back of these Atlanta Braves.

As if they weren't already must-win, these next two games become season-breaking: if the Mets can win both, they have a series win and will be 7 back of Atlanta, tough to catch but still not impossible. If they are swept by the Braves, they'll be 11 back and it's pretty much over. Needless to say, Terry Collins won't have to motivate his boys any further for this weekend.


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