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Ironically Mets Beat By Dynamic Young SS 

With the Braves sending Julio Teheran to the mound, the Mets needed Matt Harvey to be good tonight. 

Harvey was good enough. For just the third time in his 12 starts, he didn’t allow a homer. More than that, for the first time this season he had an outing where he didn’t allow a run. 

Still, it wasn’t smooth sailing. The only 1-2-3 inning he had was the fifth, which was also his final inning as he needed 104 pitches.

Most of those pitches came in a 27 pitch second inning. The Braves loaded the bases with one out with Teheran coming to the plate. He hit a chopper to Wilmer Flores, who came home with it. His throw barely beat Matt Adams

For what it’s worth, it may not have beat Adams. That play was close as it gets, and shockingly, the Braves didn’t challenge. It was probably lucky they didn’t. It was emblematic of the luck Harvey continues to have with runners in scoring position. 

The Braves were 0-5 with RISP against Harvey leaving six runners on base. It fueled a good start for Harvey whose final line was five innings, four hits, no runs, no earned, two walks, and three strikeouts. It was enough for Harvey to leave with the win. 

And it was barely enough. Teheran was his usual terrific self, and the Braves were flashing the leather. 

In the third, Dansby Swanson made a diving catch on a sinking Michael Conforto line drive, and turned it into a double play. It was the second time Swanson made a play to get Conforto out. 

In the fifth, Ender Inciarte robbed Travis d’Arnaud of an extra base hit that probably would’ve scored Curtis Granderson

While he wouldn’t score there, Granderson did get the Mets on the board with a solo shot in the third. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough. 

Paul Sewald was double switched into the game in the sixth, and he was immediately in trouble after Matt Kemp‘s lead-off double. Sewald was so close to working around it. With two outs in the inning, the Mets had an option: pitch to Danny Santana or Swanson.

The Mets chose Swanson, and intentionally walked Santana putting the go-ahead run on base. The Mets would rue the the decision as Swanson hit a two RBI double to give the Braves a 2-1 lead. 

In the seventh, the Braves brought on Jason Motte to pitch to d’Arnaud, and d’Arnaud tied the game at 2-2 with a solo home run. 

In the eighth, d’Arnaud would also help the Mets by completing a strike ’em out – throw ’em out double play. 

That only stayed the inevitable. In Fernando Salas‘ second inning of work, he allowed a one out hit to Swanson. Swanson got on his horse, and he took advantage of Granderson’s poor arm for the hustle double. It didn’t hurt that Granderson was deep playing no doubles, and he didn’t go full speed getting to that ball. 

Terry Collins went to Josh Edgin to pitch to Rio Ruiz. Ruiz hit Edgin’s first pitch past a diving Asdrubal Cabrera. With Conforto unable to get the ball out of his glove, there would be no play at home. 
The Mets lost a game they should’ve won further pushing them closer to selling. If only this team had a SS prospect who could’ve had an impact on this game like Swanson. 

Game Notes: Neil Walker missed his second straight game with a knee issue, and T.J. Rivera was given the start. Yoenis Cespedes will come off the Disabled List tomorrow as the 26th man. 

0 thoughts on “Ironically Mets Beat By Dynamic Young SS ”

  1. Gothamist says:

    MLB IS ALL ABOUT……
    Battle of the bullpens?

    Who to sell?
    Players who foil good pens after inning six or quality relievers?
    Who can we peddle?

    I do not know.
    What do you think?

    can you consider two quizes?

    Contracts – multi year – Met free agents signed since 2011?

    How teams are ranked in FA and/or Foreign pool, posting spending since 2011?

    Hey, I looked into every player improving tonight – not the result and not expecting win or loss. I did feel bad that Harvey left at 1-0 and poof it was a no decision!!!

    Observations of note:

    Wilmer made a great play going home
    Grandy feels terrible
    The Mets scoring plays
    Strike out throw out

    WHY DO THE METS NOT PITCH INSIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    When Miami intentionally drilled Cespesdes in Sept 2015 TC said no retaliation under any circumstance and it made sense for who needed an injury going into the playoffs?

    I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT HITTING PLAYERS INTENTIONALLY
    HOW UPSET WAS FREDDY FREEMAN about getting hit recently?

    Mike Conforto’s throw home, was it AllStarish?

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Conforto was done in when he couldn’t get the ball out of his glove. It happens to everyone even if it should never happen in that spot.

      He’s still an All Star.

  2. Mets Great says:

    Just a hiccup.
    They will get it together, make the playoffs and get in the divisional series.
    Go Matz go Lugo!

    1. metsdaddy says:

      From your lips to God’s ears

  3. Meet tne Mets says:

    Hey, Julio Teheran is one tough pitcher!
    Atlanta’s ace.
    The Mets will sweep the next three games!!,

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Might be too little too late

  4. Gothamist says:

    Well:

    If Duda is a FA
    Cabrera is coming back in 2018
    Cabrera is a late inning range wise defensive liability
    Duda often gets double switched out due to his wheels
    We already have Reyes and Reynolds to play late inning SS
    Cabrera fragile when playing every day nine inning SS
    Cabrera a question mark physically going forward
    Rosario here by next March

    WHAT ABOUT Cabrera playing ……

    Drum roll…………

    First base?

    1. Lets Go Mets says:

      TC plays everything safely with his players,
      At most he gently encourages.
      When he requests he yakes no chances…
      TC will never do this unless Sandy telegraths this…

      FORGET ABOUT IT

    2. metsdaddy says:

      I think it is much more likely either Dominic Smith or Wilmer Flores will be the first baseman next year.

  5. Gothamist says:

    Cabrera to do work at first, not be the starter.
    I WAS NOT CLEAR, SORRY
    Cabrera to play first in late or extra innings.
    Cabrera to extend his NL career.
    If he was a non starter in 2019 would you want to use the next year plus developing his first base skills ONLY FOR late innings or do you believe it will jeopardize our playoff chances THIS YEAR?

    If Wilmer is on the DL and Cabrera needs days off what about a few starts at first base against lefties?

    Or do you see Cabrera as only a starter at SS and when Amed arrives bye bye Cabrera?

    I AM THINKNG AHEAD…

    LISTEN EITHER YOU LIKE THE GUY AROUND IN 2019 or you do not.

    I SAY HE WILL ONLY BE AROUND THE METS IN 2019 … ONLY AS A SUPER SUB and ONLY IF HE CAN SUB AT FIRST BASE…

    I GUESS I AM COMPLETELY ALONE ON THIS ONE…

    After Duda is switched for a pinch runner,
    ON THE ROAD, TOP OF THE 8th, it goes to extras, Cabrera is ALREADY off that day you WILL go ahead and use Wilmer, TJ (if they were not already playing or had already pinched hit)

    WHOSE THINKING ON A PLAY THAT GOES HOME OR SECOND BASE….?

    You use can use Wilmer or TJ (if they are available with 12 pitchers of 25) against righties in the 9th and 10th inning, I will fantasize that Cabrera is hitting the righty.

    WHO KNOWS, IF HE GETS THE SINGLE on that ABAT, THE PHILLIES ARE IN LAST PLACE AND THE METS ARE NOT!!!

    The man to save the Mets from last place in September!

    Who else do you want to face the Phillies to fight off last place in September?

    1. Lets Go Mets says:

      Does anything really matter if the starters can not average 7 innngs with a sub 3.50 ERA? Team was built on starting pitching and now they have to perform so much better.

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