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Game Recap: Mets 4, Braves 0

Need to Know: Bartolo Colon scattered six hits and five strikeouts over seven shutout innings. He did not give up more than one hit in any inning on the mound.

After Terry Collins won his second challenge of the season giving the Mets runners on first and second in the eighth, Ruben Tejada singled to right to give the Mets a 4-0 lead.

The Mets scored twice in the seventh as Tejada sent a line-drive single to center to bring in Travis d’Arnaud from second and Eric Young Jr., hit a single to right to score Tejada.

Tejada played a part in each Mets run during Tuesday’s game as he scored twice and brought in two while going 2-for-3 with one walk and one strikeout.

Jose Valverde opened up the door for the Braves in the ninth when he gave up hits to the first two batters he faced. With one out, Valverde threw wide to second on an attempted double play, loading the bases. He then forced the next two batters to fly out to end the game.


Game Ball: We’ll need two after this game. The first goes to Colon, who picked up his first win of the season. The second goes to Tejada as he was involved with every run that crossed the plate.


W.B. Mason Post Game Extra


What’s Next:The Mets will continue their three-game series against the Braves Wednesday when Zack Wheeler (0-1, 4.50 ERA) takes on Ervin Santana at 7:10 p.m.




131 comments
Andi
Andi

I'm beginning to like instant replays...we always get screwed in the past.

rico
rico

is it the lighting in the TV studio or does Darling look like he's on the Bartolo Colon diet?


metstones
metstones

One game ball and it goes to Colon. Nice try by the Mets propagander writers on this site giving a game ball to Tejada, get real.

Paul Kersey
Paul Kersey

What's not to like about last night? The Braves were all pumped up for Henry Aaron night (as well they should have been as Hank is a class act) but the Mets got a much needed W. Seeing Colon fire 7 scoreless frames and d'Arnaud collect a couple of hits soothes Mets fans frayed nerves. 3-4 feels pretty nice after being swept by the Nationals. Something tells me this season will have many ups and downs.

zoddie
zoddie

It has only been a week, but I love that Davis, Tejada, and Duda have three of the top four OPSs on the team. Suck it, haters (so far).

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

This game was like bizarro world with the Mets offense coming from Tejada, d'Arnaud and EY the 3 guys looked at as the biggest black holes in the lineup right now.

willymayshays
willymayshays

Rubee!!!  

I hope this game was a spring board.  It doesn't seem that long ago, 1-3 or 2-4 with a walk was just regular day for him, now it's like a amazing feat. 

Doubleday
Doubleday

" Former Cy Young Award winner Frank Viola was released from New York Presbyterian Hospital on Tuesday, six days after undergoing open-heart surgery."  ESPN

Doubleday
Doubleday

Wilmer playing SS and batting clean-up in Vegas

Doubleday
Doubleday

Colon and Valverde.  They call themselves the Dominican Mafia.  They can call themselves anything they want if they keep this up.


Look at that swagger:  http://bit.ly/1iszLZ6

chasesimms
chasesimms

What did I tell you all?! Tejada is going to be great!

; )

Shawn Mike Rolli
Shawn Mike Rolli

I could go for $8.00 beer at citi - get a 6 pack of miller high life in a hole in the wall liquor store for that lol

monstah
monstah

Colon is the Mickey Lolich of the 21st Century. Nice win all around! GO METS!

Ben Rafelson
Ben Rafelson

I had a crazy thought. tejada today looked like the old tejada at the plate. weird little swing but basically "Louis castillio's" the ball into play. what if Ruben's suckage has been all due to mets hitting coaches? he still wouldn't be an all star but a return of the .280, singles hitting, tejada would be very handy.

ferizzi726
ferizzi726

@Andi  We also wouldn't have a no hitter if they were around in the past

nwmets
nwmets

@rico  Dunno -- do you like like Brad Pitt? Otherwise you might not want to comment on other people's appearances.

bingmets
bingmets

He went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI 2 runs scored and drew a walk pretty sure that gets you a "game ball"

bleck319
bleck319

Settle down. Duda is hitting .167 with a .250 OBP.

Davis has 9 ABs. When he continues to swing this way for another few hundred ABs, then "the haters can suck it." For now though, settle down! Really.

Tejada is a nice surprise so far, but right now he's on pace to hit .286 with 46 RBI and 0 SBs. A small sample size, which doesn't say much. Nonetheless, numbers that are acceptable, but not great.

Andi
Andi

@doubleday  Sounds like another Arod (w/o the 'roids)...I can only wish.

Olerud42
Olerud42

I've supported the Colon signing since day 1. Thought it was a great contract for the Metsies.@doubleday  

Zach14
Zach14

@ponzies86 I can't believe it happened two days after Wrestlemania...

nymess
nymess

@ponzies86  Crazy! I haven't watched wrestling in like 20 years but caught Wrestlemania the other night and he was on there. Looked pretty healthy too. Usually a heart thing with these guys, but any word on how he died?

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@Mike Dell Italia Lets hope so! That would mean he's pitched well and Sandy has done his best work with these types of trades ala Beltran, Dickey and Byrd/Buck. Plus the Mets could use that extra $10M to spend with hopefully a healthy Harvey back and Thor and Montero both in the mix to start the season this time. Along with all the other SPs they already have the money could definitely be better utlilized elsewhere next season.

Mike DeRosa
Mike DeRosa

@Mike Dell Italia I think it depends on how Harvey is doing. If he's on pace, I expect Colon to be traded. But if he's had any setbacks, or there is any doubt about his ability, he'll stay. 

Or if they are somehow in the race. I doubt that the Wilpons would order the trade if we are actually winning games and are in/could be in the playoffs.

Chris Gogatz
Chris Gogatz

He has a two year deal I bet he finishes the year out

Ben Rafelson
Ben Rafelson

the league is 30% Spanish speaking, so that's not a stretch. besides, the only colors that matter are the blue and orange on the jersey

matt520
matt520

@jimmybxnyc I could not care less what their names sound like or their faces look like, I just want to see W's.

nwmets
nwmets

@ferizzi726 That'd be much better -- I don't like having a fake no-hitter on the books.

Andi
Andi

@ferizzi726 @Andi  Maybe we would...who would know if Seaver, Gooden etc would have been a mistake away?

Doubleday
Doubleday

@bleck319  Meanwhile, Campbell continues to hit like a house afire in AAA (then again, even Bobby Abreu is hitting .500 in Vegas).

stemog
stemog

@bleck319 Baby steps. No one expects him to hit 15 HRs and drive in 80 runs. What, now the 46 RBI wouldn't be enough for you?

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@Zach14 @ponzies86 Hate to speculate but perhaps all the excitement of the HOF, Mania & RAW three nights in a row was too much for his heart. Never would've guessed in that HOF class with Jake the Snake and Scott Hall that Warrior would be the 1st to die. Very shocking and sad especially with 2 young daughters.

bleck319
bleck319

@nncyel


Not silly.  Ask yourself:  Is Tejada worthy of being the everyday shortstop for a championship club?


His numbers are average at best.


The Cards could afford to have a mediocre shortstop because they had Carpenter, Molina, Craig, Holliday, Beltran, and Jay.  And Craig did get hurt, but no problem, Matt Adams will step right in. 


Shortstop was their only weak position.  Their second weakest position player was a guy by the name of David Freese, who won a World Series MVP.


If the Mets had the caliber lineup of the Cardinals, they could afford an average shortstop like Tejada.  But they are a long way from the depth of the Cardinals lineup.


nncyel
nncyel

@bleck319  The Cardinals infielder was Matt Carpenter, their 2b. It sure wasn't the Cardinals shortstop last year in the WS who had Tejada- like numbers. Granted, that's why they went out and signed Peralta. 


So we're now blaming Tejada for other player's deficiencies?


I think the Mets would take average numbers from their SS - certainly the fans should. There aren't a whole lot of Garciaparras, Jeters, Rollins or Simmons out there. It's just silly to pick some of the best shortstops of recent memory and expect Tejada to meet those standards.

bleck319
bleck319

If they have enough power and speed at other positions, which they don't have currently.

But as far as SSs go, those are average numbers at best.

Ian Carvalho
Ian Carvalho

@bleck319  He's not being asked to be that palyer though. .286, 70R, 50RBI - thats an excellent #8 hitter.

bleck319
bleck319

It's ok. Not great. We are just accustomed to such poor play, that average numbers look great to us as Mets fans.

Simmons on the Braves hit 17 HRs last year and had a 6.9 WAR, mainly due to amazing defense and solid power.

When the Phillies were rolling a few years ago, Jimmy Rollins was a 5 WAR player who won an MVP.

The Yankees have had Derek Jeter. Enough said.

The Sox have had their share of All Star middle infielders like Garciaparra and D Ped.

The Cards had a middle infielder last year who batted over .300 with an OBP near .400, 55 doubles, and 126 runs scored.

So is Tejada acceptable so far. Sure. But if you look at teams with championships, he's not so spectacular.

rico
rico

@jimmybxnyc @ponzies86  if only matt harvey were latino.


Jimmy you are smart and completely insane at the same time.  A reverse racist to boot.  That said I never liked the criticism of Delgado who was one of my favorite players.

ac0814
ac0814

The top 2 players in baseball are White. Just saying.

You're a loser, btw.

mi
mi

@jimmybxnyc @ponzies86  redsox world champs had ortiz as the only latiino in there starting lineup lol.. good call on only winning with latinos

Ben Rafelson
Ben Rafelson

you're not paranoid if they're really out to get ya.

also, dude, mongoloid is not the preferred nomenclature.

Ben Rafelson
Ben Rafelson

the more talented PLAYERS they bring in, the better they are. why does it matter where they are from. that was almost maddenesque. "if they win more games, they'll have a better record!"

I think what your are trying to get across is that there is a lot of talent in the mets system of Spanish decent but, for one, everyone knows that, and, for two, you're doing it in a really ham handed way.