Final Score: Mets 6, Braves 4

Eric Young Jr. got three hits, stole three bases and scored four times as the Mets (4-5) beat the Braves, 6-4, on Thursday night.



Need to Know: The Mets broke a 4-4 tie in the seventh inning when Daniel Murphy scored on a two-out single by Juan Lagares.

Murphy drove in three runs with three hits.

Jose Valverde pitched a perfect ninth for his second save.

The Mets stole five bases, including three by Young, who lead off a two-run third inning with a bunt single.

Curtis Granderson appeared to lose a ball in the lights, which led to a triple for BJ Upton. Justin Upton hit two home runs.

Jenrry Mejia gave up four runs in five innings on six hits and four walks while striking out seven. He slapped his glove and threw it to the grass following Upton’s second home run.


Reaction from MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone: Lagares looks like a totally different hitter compared to the guy he was in 2013. It’s incredible. … Where did Kyle Farnsworth find the extra velocity for his fastball? … Mejia is fun to watch. He’s dramatic, he has lots of energy, and he’s a bit stressful. He’s throwing gloves, lots of pitches, he’s pumping his fist, he’s all around the strike zone and consistently flirting with disaster. Yet, he gets threw. Tonight, he did a terrific job muscling his way through what could have been a short outing.

What’s Next: Dillon Gee starts for the Mets as they travel to Los Angeles to begin a three-game series against Tyler Skaggs and the Angels on Friday at 10:10 pm ET.




108 comments
metjetnet
metjetnet

"Yet, he gets threw."

Matt, that's "Yet, he gets through."

Fred HAS to have some money in the SNY budget for an editor for his blogs. Otherwise, at least give it a fast reread before hitting "Publish."

nagel100
nagel100



positives are an improved bullpen after the nationals debacle.   Torres was throwing very well  and amazingly so was Farnsworth and Papa. May be an illusion but i'll take it.   I think we could bring up deGrom who has been lights out in Vegas in his 2 starts.   He should be in our bullpen soon.   

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

OK, let's not get too crazy. These were clearly not your father's Braves. It was a good series win and the bullpen does look better. I will be the first person to say that I MAY have been wrong about Farnsworth. Where is the speed coming from? And Papa Grande looked very impressive IN A SAVE SITUATION. Note to TC: The guy is old. Don't overuse him! The one thing that bothers me is we will be spending the better part of the next four years watching Granderson strike-out. He has looked particularly anemic against lefties. Might also be a good idea to break-up the lefties in the batting order. Maybe flip Lagares and Duda.

riggz91
riggz91

So we've learned EY is a "VERY" good leadoff hitter after 1 good game and the rest of us "kids" should learn the game and not make knee jerk reactions the way you make them lol.. Almost as dumb as Cerrone writing "Yet, he gets THREW" lol

Either way nice series win by the Metsies hopefully Gee keeps it going tonight. Lagares is the man need to bat this guy 5th and break up the lefties.

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

12 IP. 0.00 ERA out of the Pen the last few days.  Nice recovery after stinking it up the first few games of the season.

helloboy
helloboy

This was a good series win at a place we historically do not play well or win the types of games we won yesterday.  Atlanta is not as good and miss the injured and FA lost pitchers.  Clearly, not having McCann is impacting them defensively and offensively as well.  The Mets actually just looked like the better team the last few days.  I would not be surprised, as outside of the Nats,  I thought the rest of the teams had lots of issues and question marks.  


Eric Young had his best game as a pro IMO last night.  What a day, he killed them. 


Valverde was solid, making quick work of the ninth inning.  The BP in general was solid.  Torres was great, especially that heady play that got a double play.  Farnsworth looks like a totally different guy from ST. 


Tejada went back to being Tejada... 

LifelongMets
LifelongMets

Either the Braves actually won last night or their record is 5-4. Not 6-4.

hubie_wc
hubie_wc

Ike looked terrible.   Standing way too far from the plate, no balance, lunging (sp??) at the ball and trying to pull everything. Same old Ike.

Steven DiMartino
Steven DiMartino

Have to admit I'm pleasantly surprised how the Mets have rebounded. If you told me that they take 2 of 3 from the Reds and Braves after what I saw with the Nationals, I would have called you crazy. Happy to see team prove me wrong. LGM!!

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

Just letting you know it's through, not threw.

Chad Michael
Chad Michael

Lagares has been a pleasant surprise.  We all knew he would dominate in the field but he has looked great at the plate.  I'm glad his hitting has improved because he is one of the most exciting players to watch in CF.

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

Great win. We need to take 2/3 in these division games.

jenkins
jenkins

Edgin comes in for a save-gets 1 out on pop up-gets ahead of lefty 0-2 and then hits him. Backman pulls him. 

rodd
rodd

duda got a hit!    yahhh

ponzies86
ponzies86

T.J Rivera is on fire for the start of this year. I see him up in AAA soon

Chris Molloy
Chris Molloy

It would be great if Lagares could hit over 250 with his hustle and defense, but it's a little concerning that in this series he was consistently beaten with 90 mph fast balls down the middle of the plate. Mejia has lacked the control he showed last August which I think he will correct, but with his delivery I don't think he will make it to the All Star break. I hope I'm wrong he is fun to watch

ponzies86
ponzies86

Mejia for a 5th starter is better then most teams 5th starter and he did strike out 7 

Doubleday
Doubleday

DOWN ON THE FARM:  Wilmer still playing SS and batting cleanup; Abreu still hitting .500; deGrom pitched 5 innings, gave up 1 ER (HR), struck out 5 and walked 2

ponzies86
ponzies86

Lagares with another hit, so far it looks like he gets a hit in every game

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

Wheeler and Mejia (more so Mejia so far) might be 'fun to watch,' but they still look raw. Meijia last year always seemed to find something to do great and then leave with a questionable line after five or so innings. Did so again here. Bullpen is doing good, but two straight days of four innings of relief is not ideal. Not saying I don't want Meija out there -- fifth starters are where you have raw youngsters with upsides -- but it is a bit stressful. 

72tilltc
72tilltc

@Jim Steele  So who has the knee jerk reaction the man who says Ey doesn't suck after one good game or the baseball fan who has watched him suck for his entire career leading to his release.

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

@hubie_wc He also tends to consistently swing at the first pitch. Looks like he's pressing. And his AB's w/runners at third were not good.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Not to worry. Backman "fixed" him Lst year, remember?

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

@hubie_wc  ...huh?  0 for 3 with 2 walks and an rbi.  Not a stellar line by any means, but those walks alone should show he was being patient at the plate, no?

stemog
stemog

@hubie_wc The hitch was gone. He's clearly working on changing his approach.

stemog
stemog

@Steven DiMartino You do realize they led in all three games against the Nationals. It was the horrific start by the bullpen that really did them in. And not much offense.

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

@Chad Michael  "great" at the plate?  He's looked good for sure...making me actually believe all these stories of how good he looked in Caribbean ball this winter.  But his swing still looks...mechanical in some ABS.  at least IMO. 

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

@jenkins  Thought about Edgin when Farnsy was on the mound.  Had he not re-signed, it would've been Edgin there in that 8th inning, right?  ugh...

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

@Chris Molloy  Mejia looks like a max effort guy which doesn't bode well.  He overthrows WAY too much.  I like Colon, but the one thing this pitching staff is sorely in need of is a mentor type.  A guy who had/has some success, on the staff to round it out.  Ideally a 5th starter who is a professional pitcher.  Mejia, Wheeler....Familia...could all use someone like that.  Colon ain't that....hmmm....i think I would've paid an extra $1.5mil a year for Hudson to play that role here.

TheTrueStork
TheTrueStork

@ponzies86 We do need to give Mejia time.  The Mets have bounced him around too much.  Let him stick as a starter,and let's see what we've got.  Providing he can stay healthy.

ponzies86
ponzies86

@Joe Paulson  Mejia has far better control and after giving up runs he doesnt implode like Wheeler

riggz91
riggz91

I'm not comparing Lagares to EY, to me there is no comparison to make. EY is a below 200 hitter at Citifield. I just thought it was funny to tell people not have knee jerk reactions then you make a knee jerk reaction.. EY is what he is, a solid bench player. Lagares could/should be a gold glove center fielder. Have you been watching the games?

helloboy
helloboy

@Jim Steele @riggz91  History of being productive?  What history is this?  EY has been a minor league shuttle rider until the Mets obtained him.  Lagares is a better defender and is currently the hottest hitter on the team, who also broker the tie last night as an FYI. 


Lagares may be the team's best player by the end of the year and can be a regular all-star.  He may be the best defensive CF in the game and is turning into a solid hitter before our eyes.  He has been facing tough pitching to boot. 


EY is speedy, but is limited.  He has not hit for a high average, ever.  His average now is in the 220's even after a big day.  Comparing the 2 is apples and oranges.  Lagares has all the tools to become a superstar.  He is a 4 tool player and only lacks power, which if he develops, can make him deadly. 

openmind6
openmind6

@C.K. Dexter Haven

RBI was weak groundout to pitcher, hardly noteworthy.

hubie_wc
hubie_wc

Was up 2x with a runner on 3rd and less than 2 out and popped to ss and tapped one to the pitcher.

nncyel
nncyel

@C.K. Dexter Haven  Second guess, second guess, la la la la. Um, I think that's what the pitching coach is for. And you know that Hudson would play this supposed role that you think needs to be filled - how exactly would you know this?

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

@ponzies86 @Joe PaulsonNot sure I saw that myself -- small sample, but Wheeler had less short outings than M, and at least some of them involved Wheeler giving up runs. He struggled his first start this season, for example, but gave you a decent start. M. so far has had too many five or so inning outings.

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

@Luis Torres Quiñones  Yeah, if you're in "the show" in your 20's and you're not actively trying to get better every minute, you really don't want it bad enough. Duda and Davis both left last season with questions about their abilities and they.....went home and worked out instead of facing live pitching?  Ok... 

helloboy
helloboy

@stemog @TheTrueStork @ponzies86  True.  Mejia lost his poise after Granderson lost the fly ball.  In reality, he should have only been credited for 1 ER.  Good fortune smiled upon them last night with great BP performance and clutch late hitting.