Saturday, September 8, 2012

Game #139: Braves 11, Mets 3

The game was bad enough, what made it worse was the thunderstorms that prolonged the agony.

Jeremy Hefner was rocked early and a poor showing from the bullpen guaranteed a Mets loss as they fell 11-3 to the Braves.

The Bad Stuff:
  • Jeremy Hefner didn't get out of the 3rd inning, allowing 5 runs on 8 hits.
  • It didn't get any better once Hef left the game, as Justin Hampson, Robert Carson, Manny Acosta, Jeurys Familia, Ramon Ramirez, and Elvin Ramirez combined to allow 6 more Atlanta runs come in over the next 6 innings.
  • Even a halfway decent offense would be hard-pressed to score 12 runs to win the game, but this New York "run-scoring machine" has been like wet paper at home lately. Only plating 3 runs tonight, the team has now scored thrice or less in 9 consecutive home games.
The Good Stuff:
  • Lucas Duda had a good day at the plate, going 2-4 with a double and 2 RBIs.
  • Both times Duda drove in David Wright, who went 2-4 himself on the afternoon.
  • Ronny Cedeno hit a solo home run in the 5th.
Final Analysis:
It's not Chipper Jones who's raining on the Mets' parade this weekend, but he seems to have transferred his Larry-ness powers to...well, the entire Atlanta Braves team. Nothing has gone right for the Mets in these two games and are in danger of giving Chipper one last cackling laugh before he finally sinks into the depths of retirement. He's going out with a series win anyways, and now the least the Mets can do is let the back door hit him on the way out.


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