MLB: Atlanta Braves at New York Mets

Game Recap: Braves 3 – Mets 2

Result: The Mets lost to the Braves, 3-2, Wednesday night in Flushing.


Need to Know: Zack Wheeler gave up three early runs before settling in. Unfortunately, the damage had already been done and the Mets were unable to overcome the deficit. Wheeler allowed two earned runs on four hits and three walks in seven innings, striking out seven. The Braves did not record a hit off Wheeler from the fourth inning on.

The Mets came within inches of tying the game in the bottom of the eighth. With a run already across in the inning, the Mets had a man on third with two out. Braves SS Andrelton Simmons then made a spectacular play on a grounder in the hole to get Travis d’Arnaud out at first by a step, preventing the run from scoring.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Mets fell short once again. Ruben Tejada came to the plate with one out and two men in scoring position. Tejada hit a weak grounder to third with the infield in, getting Eric Campbell thrown out at home.

David Wright and Daniel Murphy sat out for a second straight game. Wilmer Flores hit a solo home run in the second. Juan Lagares and Campbell each had a two-hit night.


Links: Recap | Box score


What’s Next: Jon Niese (7-9, 3.47) is on the mound for the Mets in Thursday’s series finale. Mike Minor (5-8, 4.90) gets the start for Atlanta. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.




84 comments
triviaace
triviaace

With one out in the ninth and men on second and third and Tejada up, wouldn't a squeeze play be the proper action?  If it succeded the game is tied and a runner on third and most importantly the Brave's closer is gone.  If it failed, as did the Tejada at bat) there would still be a runner on third with 2 out.  

metsfan7
metsfan7

Anyone notice how TC and our announcers think Granderson is worth his annual 7 Mill salary? Why is this guy in the lineup everyday batting 218 with less than 50 Rbi's  when we have solid young guys like Kirk and triple AAA prospects like Reynolds and Puello who could use the at bats to fully develop??? Den Dekker is getting his chance ( though has not impressed) so why do we continue to keep Granderson out there and listen to our announcers rejoice when he gets a walk?  I don't get it.

saxon
saxon

Good point...Personally myself I would have let Wilmer drive one to right field which he is very very good at and it would have produced at least moving the runners over if not a run..


Tejada who could bunt fairly well... It sure would have been exciting to see a suicide bunt laid down..Boy, that would have been great! Tejada trying to hit a 100 mph pitch into the outfield is far less likely than him laying down a bunt...

knights80
knights80

Maybe its only me, but why was Campbell running on contact with only 1 out with the infield pull in? I know in the long run it didn't matter but a 2 out single scores 2 not 1. That wouldn't have been my strategy but what do I know, I'm only a fan..

saxon
saxon

All along I have said that Flores in my opinion will be a very good major league hitter although he has yet to prove that. Given the fact that he is a babe in the woods, [just turned 23] he has all of the skills to hit here but once again it seems that when these top prospects are with Wally, he brings out the best in them...i.e. Flores, MDD, Travis & Kirk... 

I feel that Collins believes in playing his so called "seasoned vets" over a hot hitting AAA guy... When Flores came up this season at age 22, he had won the job from Tejada but then became ill and that was it...Sent down numerous times to AAA without getting a fair shake, then when he got his swing back in AAA the Mets called him up to sit the bench 5 out of 6 games which will cool off even a seasoned vet, never mind a 22 year old...Maybe Flores is getting his swing back now, maybe not but he will hit in the majors and hit well............So, Collins has handled young players in my opinion incorrect and has not warranted his managerial position for next year...And Wally and Viola should be given a shot to change this losing atmosphere we have...

ponzies86
ponzies86

If anyone in here thinks Collins deserves a pass. They should go and get there head examined. Collins is no good and this team should be at or little better then the Marlins this year. Face it Collins doesn't bring the best out of his players.

crzydragon
crzydragon

The Mets be back with a stellar performance by Gerald "the delicious poptart" Gregory. He sat on the bench all game and didn't play because (and for obvious reasons) he's a poptart. Ruben Tejada then mustered up the gaul to announce to his chums/teammates that Gerald was a good for nothin fraud and could not play gold mittens third base. Subsequently Ruben decided to chomp away at G man's sweet, fruity poptart heart. He said, "hey murph doggy, I enjoy swimming in a pile of cinammon flavored kitty litter. It makes me feel like a goat!" Meanwhile Sugar Ray viewed their beloved Mets win by 3.6 boloneys. It kind of reminds of the film Three Kings as George Clooney spies on Brittany Spears in order to order an order of bed cushions for Gary Sheffield. Odd film dog. 13 thumbs up.

krayzie
krayzie

Collins has been brutal but Flores bunting was right call! He swings and it's EASILY a double play or K. Tejada can win the game with a single and tie it with a little contact!!!!

John Schod
John Schod

It is all about execution and being on the rightside of those pivotal plays during the game. We seldom seem to get the big hit. Something needs to change!

Hussein Charara
Hussein Charara

The worst manager of the year hands down goes to Terry Collins. He sits there talks up Flores so that he can give him an extended look over Tejada. Then after watching Tejeda numerous timesfail to deliver in the clutch except for those couple times out of 60 tries, he elects to have Flores bunt to have Tejada come up and watch him fail again. Why Terry Collins did not have Wilmer Flores swing away is beyond me. It has to be the worst managerial decision this season without question

hlnomad89
hlnomad89

In 2006 they built a team to win it all for several years and what did they do.  They went cheap on the manager and picked a rookie who failed season after season -- Willie Randolph -- loser.  Where is he now?  And here with TC they are doing the same disservice to their fans.  They have a another loser for manager.  With so many managers taking teams to the playoffs with lesser talent eyes should be open to this.  But stick with a loser and this teams will never see post season.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

C'mon....the write-up has to have the Flores bunt in there...one of the worst calls I've seen from our favorite bumbling idiot manager.

hubie_wc
hubie_wc

Some Dexter guy in the game spread was raving about how Tejada had two walks off hits this year.  But they weren't agst Kimbrel.  They were agst the 13th pitcher on the Philly and Brave staffs.  Not Kimbrel.  There is no way you bunt to get to Tejada there.  Just awful.

semperfi
semperfi

Flores was an RBI machine in AAA and hits a HR earlier and you have him bunt so Big Bat Tejada can add to his 5 year RBI total of 112, Collins has to go, please do not start 2015 with this guy as Mgr or you will be already setting us up for failure, just look at the A's,O's, KC, TB and the Pirates have done with small budgets and great Mgrs, they Win!

rock316nyj
rock316nyj

Where are all the terry apologists hiding? Oh wait, thats right, its still the talent...not like other teams around the league are in playoff races right now with FAR inferior talent than the Mets

mets6986
mets6986

Btw Simmons has to be from another planet and Darnaud always seems to be his victim. Robbed him twice today. Had a beautiful sliding stop and throw from his knees against him in Atlanta and the game right before Easter he robbed Darnaud in a big spot to end the game against Walden. All back hand plays toward the hole. Can't get mad at that. Gotta give credit where it's due. I'm only 17 so I never watched Ozzie smith or Visquel in his prime so for me Simmons is the best defensive player I've ever watched.

Mark Swiss
Mark Swiss

There are only 3 outs left in the game and TC gives 1 of them away for free.  You're doing the other team a favor when you bunt there.  It always has been a terrible play, and it always will.  Forward thinking baseball minds have known this for years.

Ricardo Ronda
Ricardo Ronda

Why didn't he hit for Tejada? - Still he has no 3 and 4 hitter on team even with Murphy and Wright in lineup

mets6986
mets6986

Tmrw promenade level section 518, I'll be starting a fire terry chant. Hope all can attend cause this old clown has to go. But on a serious note. Can someone tell me how someone is considered a good manager when every single button they push is wrong? U are trying to guadge wilmer Flores and what he can do, so in arguably the biggest spot of the year for him u make him bunt? And u bring up Tejada? Tejada is gunna do one of two things. Strikeout or ground ball. And he hit a ground ball. You have to know your players and your team and clearly terry doesnt. The past 2 years the mets have been miserable in situational hitting and you should know that. If my memory serves me correct (which it always does with the mets, but somehow that can't follow to school related work) the mets were in this same situation against the Nats and Soup grounded out to Desmond and they got the man out at home. You have Kimbrel on the ropes and u bail out by bunting. I mean enough is enough with this guy. If Sandy brings him back it really shows the standards this organization holds. The owners are clowns, the GM is a clown and the manager is a clown, and whe. U have all those clowns what do you have? You have a circus. The wrigley Bros planted there tent outside of Citi Field in 2009 and never left.

Ed Renner
Ed Renner

@metsfan7 

I also believe that he's worth $7 Mill. The problem is, metsfan, that he is being paid $15Million a year (based on a four year $60 Million contract.

shawnp6986
shawnp6986

Couldn't agree more,Saxon...It sure does seem that Wally and staff get the best out of these kids who in part,are the future of this team.

If it were up to me and a lot of us Mets fans here a managerial change for 2015 would and should be in order.Sandy and the Wilpons do not love TC as manager as much as they just love the fact that he is an total "yes" man.

Would Wally and a new staff get this team contending?Who the hell knows,but I know one thing,this losing culture and no accountability would get a big swift kick in the a$$.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@saxon

July  Tejada .212  Flores .200

August Tejada .184    Flores  .227


Do we have an option C?


Doubleday
Doubleday

Sorry, but with our anemic offense, having the guy who hit a HR already bunt to set up the #8 hitter and the pitcher's spot was just wrong. I totally get playing for the tie at home and all that, but Wilmer was the stick tonight. You let that guy swing away.

thecyclone
thecyclone

@borsh13 I dont think it came down to who believes in Flores and who doesnt, I think it came down to both parties believing in him more then they ever will Tejada.

mets6986
mets6986

He made a little contact and they got the force at home.

Sal
Sal

@John Schod Executions are one way to make this team better.

Doubleday
Doubleday

@John Schod You let Flores hit with two on and no outs in the 9th.  The guy already had a HR tonight and drove in 145 runs in AAA.  He WAS the offense - why take the bat out of his hands and make him bunt, to set up Tejada and the pitcher's spot?  It makes no sense.

krayzie
krayzie

He's made much worse decisions. Tejada could've easily drove in a run. Flores swinging would've been a K or double play.

thecyclone
thecyclone

With all due respect I think Willie was a fine manager at first. It all went down hill when they hired the gangsta as his bench coach. If you noticed all the wrong decisions and calls the gangsta made as manager were the same weird calls and decisions that willie made. So I believe it was his influence that did in Randolph. Then again it was willie's fault for listening to him in the first place.

gangsta
gangsta

And Terry is so bad, he makes Willie look good

Evan Eagleson
Evan Eagleson

@rock316nyj They score 2 runs a game and can never get the big hit. Casey Stengel couldn't lead these minor leaguers much further.

mets6986
mets6986

He had no one. Wright and Murph are out. Kirk was on Deck and EY was used. The only other guy is Recker. And no one uses there backup catcher. Plus Recker can't make contact with a beach ball lately.

shinjoooo
shinjoooo

The clowns get your money tomorrow...that'll show em!! Haha

tullydew
tullydew

If you want to protest don't go to the games.

Brandon Hillman
Brandon Hillman

Wish I could be there. Definitely think there needs to be this chant loud and clear voices must heard Fire Terry

saxon
saxon

@Tarheel11 @saxon 

Yes, keep playing Flores and he will produce far better than option A & B... Soon...then the bandwagon posters will forget the .227 average...which should settle at .270.. 12-15 homeruns, 25-30 doubles, 60-75 RBI's [ from our SS] and he will be forgiven with his fielding shortcomings...

triviaace
triviaace

@borsh13 Poor babies, their psychies are being damaged, and at millions per season.  SA and PC should be shown the door.


saxon
saxon

@borsh13 

You know what Jimmy Leland said about Flores I see, he said "Why do you want Peralta when you have Wilmer Flores"... Meaning...you maybe right, HOF in the future... Leland was one of if not the best managers in baseball...He doesn't say that about anyone lightly....He sees what Flores will be when he grows up, the next Cabrera...

thecyclone
thecyclone

@Doubleday @John Schod You need to tie the game first. His decision was to bunt. Ok, but you have to have an idea of whats next. As I said, you have to tie the game first, so you pinch hit for Tejada with Murphy. Yes Murph is day to day, but you dont say he's unavailable, because you could have used him right there. Second and third one out, Murph up, they're walking him intentionally, he really doesnt have to hit, just stand there like he can. Once he hits first you bring in a pitcher to run for him, he was a decoy to get Kirk up who has a better chance of driving in the run then Tejada. Even if Kirk makes out without driving in the run you still have the top of the order up. Oh and you worry about who plays the infield after you tie up the game cause if you dont do that the game is over anyway.

Hussein Charara
Hussein Charara

How do you know that? If you're sitting there evaluating Flores, why don't you see how he does in those situations.

rock316nyj
rock316nyj

Lol yes they score 2 runs because terry is fantastic at giving away outs

rock316nyj
rock316nyj

Agreed its not all his fault...but good managers find ways to win about 10-15 games we've blown this yr and the last 4 yrs...its the same script, time for a new voice and a new approach to the game, a winning attitude

shawnp6986
shawnp6986

Right on,and from what I know and seen of Wally I'm pretty sure he would be that guy.Unfortunately, the ego-maniac upstairs wouldnt allow for that,hence the reason he's cocck-blocking Wally from ever getting close to Citi field.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@saxon @Tarheel11 Hope you're right. I know Tejada isn't the answer but not sure Flores is either. He's running out of time to show something. 

mets6986
mets6986

Nasty with the bat lately? Oh boy. If you think Tejada has been nasty with the bat you must think Duda has been Babe Ruth.

saxon
saxon

@Tarheel11 @saxon 

Why would 2 months of playing SS/2nd base be all the time he is given? He should be given at least a half a year...but, he won't need it...We got to understand he is a KID...IF he was 26/27 I'd say you're right but he isn't...If the Mets trade him this winter which I think is a real possibility, they will Quickly realize that they made a Hugh mistake...Flores will provide high clutch RBI's, something we need... Remember, he's been jerked around by Collins and needs to get his confidence back and all posters will be loving him...regardless of his fielding...Which, he has made some very nice plays...

mets74
mets74

Shame that Wilma wasn't clutch in the 7th inning. Hope you are keeping stats on how he performs in innings 7-9. You know, how you did with DW.



Max Denby
Max Denby

Calm down with the racist rant.