Game Recap: Mets 4, Braves 3

Result: The Mets blew a late 2-0 lead, but won in extras, topping the Braves by the score of 4-3 in 11 innings on Monday night at Citi Field.



Need to Know: Travis d’Arnaud smoked a two-out RBI double in the bottom of the second to put the Mets on top, 1-0. The Mets extended their lead in the fourth, when David Wright hit a solo home run to left. Daisuke Matsuzaka worked through trouble often, but tossed seven shutout innings before turning it over to the bullpen. With two outs in the top of the eighth and a runner on third, Josh Edgin came in from the bullpen and uncorked a wild pitch that allowed the Braves to cut the lead to 2-1. After Jenrry Mejia was summoned to attempt a four-out save, he served up a game-tying double to Chris Johnson before allowing an RBI single to Christian Bethancourt that gave the Braves a 3-2 lead. With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Curtis Granderson lifted a solo home run to right that tied the game, 3-3. The Mets benefited from a questionable overturned call at second base to put runners on first and second with none out in the bottom of the ninth, but failed to score as the game headed to extra innings. With runners on first and third and two outs in the 11th, Ruben Tejada lined a single to center to give the Mets a 4-3 victory.

Game Ball: Tejada, who delivered the game-winning hit with two outs in the bottom of the 11th.


Links: Recap | Boxscore


What’s Next: The Mets continue their four-game series against the Braves on Tuesday night at Citi Field. Jacob deGrom gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Julio Teheran for Atlanta. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET.




114 comments
C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

24 year old Brad Miller is hitting .207/8/24 with a .277 OBP as the starting SS for the Mariners.  About 1/3rd of his ABs have come in the #2 hole....where he's hitting .189.  But he plays solid defense.  Why don't we hear anything about them cutting him or trading him?  Well besides the fact that they're on the left coast, could it be because the Mariners are 9 games over .500 and their big FA signing (Cano), corner infielder (Seager) and a corner OFer (Saunders) are doing all the heavy lifting on offense?  hmmm

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Butterfly Effect: If Gonzalez Germen does not implode on Sunday then Familia and Mejia are fresh for Monday. Did TC offer an explanation for pinch-hitting Duda? As many have pointed-out, that move just made no sense whatsoever. And what in the name of Scott Schoenweiss happened with Edgin? That was brutal. Also another game in which we scored early and went to sleep for five innings. Clutch hit by Tejada, who seems to rise above all the negativity on a fairly consistent basis.

Adam Porte
Adam Porte

Matt has finally joined my Ruben Tejada fan club!!

James
James

To me the game ball should go to Granderson, that was a complete momentum changer, Tejada hit a nice ball up the middle, but after blowing the 2-0 lead in the 8th, Granderson's hit was a much bigger factor in the game to tie the game right back up with 2 outs in the 8th preventing the Braves from bringing in their closer in the 9th and righting the ship for this team.

getalife
getalife

They bailed out Terry this time...

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

On July 8, 9, 10  1969  the Mets played the Cubs at Shea and won 2 of 3 including Tom Seaver's imperfect 1 hitter. This series was the beginning of the Mets contending for the division. In case anyone cares.

Kyle Suta
Kyle Suta

Could you imagine the mets sweeping the braves haha?

nhmetsfan
nhmetsfan

This game actually disturbs me as much as many of the losses. The bullpen seems to have some talent, but they really consistently can not hold leads. In essence, when there is pressure, they choke. Unfortunately, I don't think Mejia is the answer as closer yet. Maybe he will develop into a more consistent pitcher, but he may not. If you look at all the reasons for losing games, blowing leads late is as high up as anemic offense. 

Doubleday
Doubleday

Props to Tejada for the walk-off hit. Meanwhile down on the farm, Wilmer didn't hit a HR for the first time in 6 games, but he still drove in 2 runs. Flores played SS. Reynolds played 2B.

playjuan
playjuan

Frankly, I'd rather see Tejada up in a big spot than our captain. Just sayin.

fredo
fredo

There are bigger problems than Tejada for sure. Some one said it earlier if he was the shortstop with a team with better outfielders he would be acceptable. But other than Granderson our outfielders are 4th outfielders from a hitting standpoint. And yes that includes Lagares, game winning double and all. Young (s), niewenhuis, Lagares, are all 4th outfielders on a good team. Then throw in untimely hitting and let's face it a challenged manager and you have the Mets. Wright and Granderson are a 3rd of the teams payroll. If they are really an $80 million payroll team you can't have Wright and Grandy. Because then you fill the team out with replacement type players.

You could have a Duda, a Tejada, a Young, a Lagares. You just can't have all four of these kinds of players.

Matt Drucker
Matt Drucker

Worst is he brought Kirk in for D and then took him out for EY. I rather Kirk bat than EY

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

@Steven Matregrano At the time if i'm not mistaken TC's bench was Duda, Abreu and Recker.  That's the problem.  Regardless of anything else, the play there after you win the challenge is to bunt the runners to 2nd and 3rd.  None of those 3 are bunters.  So TC would've been forced to use a pitcher.  They've gotten better, but are you trusting a Met pitcher in that spot?  Apparently TC isn't.  A problem he never has if he doesn't double switch CYoung out in the 8th.  He wasted 3 players for one defensive out.  If he had Kirk or EY still available, then a bunt is no problem.  TC put the Mets in a position where Duda (or Abreu) HAD to win the game with an XBH there.  Work smarter not harder..


FWIW, if there's one out in the inning?  yeah, then there's no question:  Duda/Abreu swings the bat.

blueorange
blueorange

Funny like you think you know it all, but dura shouldn't have been the pinch hitter. Anyone that can lay down a bunt (yes even a pitcher) would have been a better decision. 2nd & 3rd with 1 out with d'Arnaud up. All you need is a sac fly or a single with the infield in. It's a no brainer.

hankincolo
hankincolo

@Bob Burket Cue up the Maurice Chevalier.... Ah yes, I remember it well.  Thank you for the pleasant reminder!

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

@Kyle Suta  We have the pitching to beat anybody. We need everyone to step up and hit. The Braves can be had.

rico
rico

Why not? Then they'd be 6 down, will have caught the Nats, passed the Fish. A lot could hapoen fast if the Mets go on a hot streak.

archer41
archer41

@Kyle Suta Not expecting much from these guys, but I'll take any opportunity to screw over the Bravos.  

rico
rico

Flores should be playing LF..that's the need. Oh and the mets should ask Chris Young to spend a week or so in Vegas to fix himself, or be cut.

fredo
fredo

I'm dying to see if Reynolds can really play SS. If he can, his bat looks legit , he would be a really pleasant surprise. I mean going into this year nobody had him in the top 30 of METS prospects.

Olerud42
Olerud42

@fredo "There are bigger problems than Tejada for sure."  I dunno, he's on pace for just over 1 WAR this season. That seems like a pretty significant problem to me. 

JCuratola3
JCuratola3

@fredo If you think Lagares is a 4th outfielder maybe you should look around at other teams. The whole MLB is not the yankees man teams dont have all stars at every position. Most teams only have 2-3 good players. 

James
James

@C.K. Dexter Haven @Steven Matregrano He gets slagged because history says that he is not a very good player.  He got a decent solid single up the middle.  Duda gives you a much bigger threat and is a much better player for the situation.

rico
rico

Amazing, they yave a great win and the guy comes to bitch about the Duda at bat. Had Keith and darling not pained over it , i'm sure the poster wouldn't have noticed it in the first place.

It absolutely was a head scratcher but the meys stepped up and transcended that at bat, maybe the start of something positive.

fans can take a cue from wins and a little hope, or what is the point of watching, a million excuses to bitch?

Yeah i' m the guy who whines about the miserable whiners

archer41
archer41

@blueorange Exactly. TC should have used a pitcher to pinch hit and bunt, not Duda.  Yet another reason why this team is not fundamentally sound.  I don't want to be negative after a well-needed win, but TC has to go.

zoddie
zoddie

@rico Flores is too slow to play LF.  He's an infielder from all the scouting reports.

rico
rico

I don't know if you kids are watching but Tejada is doing it these days.

pundit18
pundit18

@fredo See Toby Hyde's discussion of Reynolds' bat over at the minor league blog. The bat is NOT legit - he projects his ceiling as Justin Turner

rico
rico

Numbers are manipulated to give the results you want. Ask Wall Street, that's all they do.

Compute Tejada's WAR since May 23 and i'm sure you'll get a differnt #. In the last 2 weeks he's had 2 walkoffs and a lot of excellent D. That can't be a 1WAR?

I don't believe in WAR anyways

zoddie
zoddie

@Olerud42 @fredo  It depends which flavor of WAR you prefer.  Baseball-reference has him at 1.1 WAR in half a season.  He also has split some time with Wilmer earlier in the season, so if he were a full-time player like Murphy or Wright (not saying he should be), his WAR would be higher.


B-Ref has him a slightly above average player this season.  Fangraphs, a below average player (but not terrible).

fredo
fredo

Lagares from a hitting perspective is a 4th outfielder. My point was if you want a glove first CF to bat 7th then fine, but you can't have the supporting cast of Either Young, Duda and Tejada etc. And if you devote a third of your payroll to two guys you need more production there. None of these guys individually are the problem, but the mix doesn't work.

zoddie
zoddie

@JCuratola3 @fredo  It is Lagares's defense that makes him a worthy starter.  Obviously we'd like more than a .719 OPS but even at that level he's probably an above average player.

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

@James I don't agree.  He's got more playing time as a good ball player than he does as a bad one.  But because the bad stuff is more recent no one cares what he did.  2012 when this team was last in TRUE contention, that's all Tejada did.  And NO one wants to remember that.  But Sandy peddling some BS about him showing up to camp out of shape EVERYONE remembers...well that and you know he doesn't hit 20 hrs a season like most SSs .....wait..

Eric Hack
Eric Hack

@ken1010 The double switch with Kirk was not thought out. The Braves had no respect for Tejada and they werent stupid like TC to go righty lefty 3 times. So as soon as Kirk was double switch McDowell was on the phone to have a lefty up. Not scared of Tejada or the lefty swinging Kirk or even the switch EY. They were worried about Grandy and Murph. But I have a secret a good lefty HR threat is better than Tejada and EY. See .230 hitters just suck. Now if you were inclined to use your staffin the 8th and the closer despite him not being ready then EY should have been double switched. But Terry is stupid and had no clue that it was possible to cough up the lead.

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

@James  You know what?  Yeah you're right...HIM, I would've trusted there to get a good bunt down.  About the only pitcher i would right now

Doubleday
Doubleday

See, you have drunk the Wilpons Kool Aid once too often if you think a .230 singles hitting SS is acceptable in the long term.

zoddie
zoddie

@rico Wall Street is an odd example to deride the use of advanced statistics.  Those with the best data in Wall Street makes hundreds of millions of dollars with regularity.


WAR isn't like the tooth fairy.  It is just another stat to give us the value of a player that includes offense, defense, and baserunning.

Olerud42
Olerud42

@fredo But from an overall perspective, he's an above average outfielder. Almost 3 WAR last season and was playing at an even better pace this season before injury. Lagares is a valuable piece. With even an average bat, he'd be a very very good player to have in the lineup, and this year he's been average with the bat.

zoddie
zoddie

@Olerud42 @pundit18 @fredo  To be fair, we're not scouts.  All we can see is these guys' stat line and pedigree.


In Matt Reynold's defense, he is a 2b/SS who was a 2nd round draft pick in 2012 and is already in AAA ripping it up.


A .355/.430/.422 line in AA and a .358/.405/.507 line so far in AAA has people understandably excited.  If he turns out to be Justin Turner, fine.  Those players have value when they're cheap.  And this guy is probably better defensively than Turner (who was a 2b, even in the minors).

Matt Drucker
Matt Drucker

Well nobody really knows unless they get a shot to prove it. All because somebody says you won't be more than a bench player doesn't mean that's true. Just like how highly touted players like Lastings Milliage and Alex Escobar were awful.

rico
rico

Speak for yourself Steven