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Mets Lead Over Braves Soars to 6.5 Games After Statement Weekend

Entering Thursday’s game against the Atlanta Braves, the New York Mets were leading Atlanta by just 3.5 games, with a 5 game series about to take off at Citi Field. Now they stand 6.5 games in the NL East Lead as the Mets took down the surging Braves by winning 4 of the 5 games and sent a message to Atlanta and the rest of the NL that they are the team to beat in the NL East and possibly even the whole league.

 

Thursday August 4th

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On the morning of August 4th, nearly 8 hours before the start of the 5 game series, the Mets were 66-38 and just 3.5 games up on Atlanta. The Braves were poised on entering NY and leaving with the division lead, as the Mets were looking to put down the hammer and send a message to all of baseball.

With Carlos Carrasco on the mound and shutting down the Braves offense, the Mets bats started early with a run in the bottom of the first and second and three in the third to take a 5-0 lead. Through the first four innings, and pegged with a lead, Carrasco gave up just one hit and walk,  while keeping the Braves off the board. But in the third, the Braves finally got back in the game by scoring three runs on an RBI single off the bat of Michael Harris II and a two run bomb from Ronald Acuna Jr.

New York answered back with solo homer from newcomer Tyler Naquin to increase the lead to 6-3. A late single by Harris brought the Braves to within 6-4, but Edwin Diaz pitched two innings of relief and shut down the Braves to earn his 24th save on the season.

The victory increased the Mets lead to 4.5 games.

Stars of the Game

Mets
Pete Alonso – 2 for 4, R, HR, 3 RBI (91)
Daniel Volgelbach – 2 for 4, R, HR, RBI
Tyler Naquin – 2 for 4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBIs
Edwin Diaz – (S, 24), 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 K

Braves
Ronald Acuna, JR – 1 for 4, R, HR, 2 RBIs
Michael Harris II – 2 for 3, R, 2 RBIs

 

Friday August 5th

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Even in the loss, the Final score looked a lot better then how the game started off for the Mets. Taijuan Walker took the start for the Mets and was anything but solid, as he allowed 8 runs on 7 hits and left after just one inning.  An unlikely outcome from a pitcher that has given the Mets solid outings, but a slip off the mound in the inning which seemed to appear that he caught his cleat on the mound and hurt his hip.  But the right hander even indicated that he just didn’t have it and it showed as the Mets found themselves in a huge deficit. They did manage to get back in the game when they scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to get back at 8-5. But the Braves A.J. Minter, entered during the Mets rally and shut down the offense and the Braves eventually won the game 9-6.

After the victory the Braves gained a game on the Mets and trailed again by only 3.5 games.

Stars of the Game

Mets
Brandon Nimmo – 2 for 5, Double, RBI
Francisco Lindor – 2 for 5, R
Jeff McNeil – 2 for 5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBIs
Darin Ruf – 1 for 3, Double, 2 RBIs
Trevor Williams – 4 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, BB, 2 K

Braves
Ronald Acuna, Jr – 4 for 5, R
Dansby Swanson – 2 for 5, 2 R, Double, RBI
Matt Olson – 2 for 4, R, Double, RBI, BB
Eddie Rosario – 2 for 5, R, Double, HR, 4 RBIs
William Contreras – 1 for 4, R, HR, RBI, BB
Michael Harris II – 2 for 4, R, HR, RBI

 

Saturday August 6th – Day/Night Doubleheader

1st Game  Mets 8Braves 5

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The Mets answered back after dropping Game 2 of the series with two runs in the bottom of the first to take an early 2-0 lead. David Peterson took the mound for the Mets and shut down the Braves offense for 5.1 innings, allowing just three hits and three walks with five strikeouts. The Mets offense kept the pressure on the Braves with a run in the third, two in the sixth and three in the seventh. Atlanta answered with two in the seventh and three in the ninth, but came up short to drop back to 4.5 games for the NL East Lead. Edwin Diaz was called on for a second straight game and entered the ninth and recorded two outs to secure the victory for Peterson and the Mets and earned his 25th save.

With the win, the Mets pushed their lead back to 4.5 games.

Stars of the Game

Mets
Starling Marte – 1 for 3, 2 R, Double, RBI, BB
Francisco Lindor – 3 for 4, 2 R, Double, 3 RBIs
Jeff McNeil – 2 for 5, RBI
Luis Guillorme – 2 for 5, R
David Peterson – (W, 6-2), 5.1 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 5 K
Edwin Diaz – (S, 25), 0 H, 0 R, 1 K

Braves
Ronald Acuna Jr.– 2 for 5, R, Double, RBI
Austin Riley – 2 for 4, Double, R
Matt Olson – 2 for 4, R, 2 RBIs, BB
William Contreras – 2 for 5, RBI

Second Game  Mets 6Braves 2

The Mets sent Max Scherzer to the mound and the 38 year old righty showed his dominance as he shut down the Braves offense with seven scoreless innings allowing just four hits, while striking out 11 batters. The Mets continued their weekend offense barrage with three runs in the bottom of the third and one in the sixth and two in the eighth to help seal the deal and hand Scherzer his 8th victory on the season, lowering ERA to 1.98.

With the victory, the Mets pushed their lead over the Braves to 5.5 games.

Stars of the Game

Mets
Pete Alonso – 3 for 4, R, RBI (93)
Max Scherzer – (W, 8-2), 7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 11 K

Braves
Dansby Swanson – 1 for 4, R, HR, 2 RBI

Sunday August 7th

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This was exactly what Mets fans have been waiting all season for, back to back games from Scherzer and  Jacob deGrom and the Mets longtime Ace did not disappoint on Sunday as he pitched a nearly perfect game in one of the best performances of his amazing career.  The story was not just the Mets victory on Sunday, but more so deGrom’s performance and his sheer dominance on the mound. He threw 5.2 perfect innings of baseball, retiring all batters he faced before giving up a walk with two outs in the sixth to break up the perfecto. Then Dansby Swanson hit the ball over the right center field fence to break up the no-no which also ended deGrom’s day. But it was a day that has been long time in the making. It was all around a perfect day for the Mets and their fans. deGrom finished with 5.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 12 K.

The offense kept their surge as they added four runs in the bottom of the third, with the highlight, Daniel Vogelbach hustling all the way from first base to score the fourth run of the inning. The pure hustle was what Mets fans had seen all weekend from the entire team. The Mets added one in the fifth and the Braves answered back with two in the sixth. Joely Rodriguez came in relief of deGrom and pitched 2.1 shutout innings and Diaz came in to shut the door on the Braves to earn his 26th save.

With the victory on Sunday, the Mets improved to 70-39 (Tied for second best in the Majors) and pushed their lead over the Braves to 6.5 games.

Stars of the Game

Mets
Brandon Nimmo – 3 for 5, R, Double
Francisco Lindor – 2 for 4, R
Pete Alonso – 1 for 3, R, Double, 2 RBIs (95), BB
Mark Canha – 1 for 3, Double, 2 RBIs
Tomas Nido – 2 for 4
Jacob deGrom – (W, 1-0) 5.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 R, 12K
Edwin Diaz – (S, 26), 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 3 K

Braves
Dansby Swanson – 1 for 4, R, HR, 2 RBI

 

Hot Hitters/Pitchers – Last 7 Days

Mets Offense

Pete Alonso – 11/30 (.367), 8 Runs, 2 Doubles, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs, 6 BB
Francisco Lindor – 11/29 (.379), 9 Runs, Double, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs, 5 BB
Tyler Naquin – 7 for 14 (.500), 4 Runs, Double, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs
Brandon Nimmo – 13 for 32 (.406), 4 R, 3 Doubles, RBI
Jeff McNeil – 12 for 30 (.400), 5 R, 4 Doubles, HR, 4 RBIs,

Mets Pitching

Max Scherzer -(2-0), 1.32 ERA, 2 G, 13.2 IP, 2 ER, 16 K, 0.88 WHIP
Jacob deGrom – (1-0), 2.53 ERA, 2 G, 10.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 18 K, 0.47 WHIP
Edwin Diaz – 3G, 0.00 ERA, 3 Saves, 3.2 IP, 1 H, 7 Ks
Joely Rodriguez – 3 G, 0.00 ERA, 4.1 IP, 2 H, 6 Ks

 

Braves Offense

Ronald Acuna, Jr – 9 for 25 (.360), 4 R, 2 Doubles, HR, 5 RBIs, 3. BB

Braves Pitching

Charlie Morton – 1 G, 0.00 ERA, 6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 8 Ks
A.J. Minter – (1-0), 3 G, 0.00 ERA, 3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 5 Ks

 

 

 

David Conde
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