Game Recap: Mets 8, Braves 3

Result: The Mets played a terrific all-around game on Tuesday, and had a season-high 18 hits while topping the Braves by the score of 8-3 at Citi Field.

The win was the 4,000th in franchise history.



Game Recap: The Mets jumped on Braves starter Julio Teheran early, and Curtis Granderson got things going with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first. The Mets plated three runs with two outs in the second to take a 4-0 lead. After Daniel Murphy ripped a two-run double, David Wright stroked an RBI single to left field. The Mets notched another two-out run in the third when Eric Young, Jr. hit an RBI single to right field to increase their lead to 5-0. The Mets added single runs in the sixth and seventh to up their advantage to 7-0. Jacob deGrom was brilliant for the Mets, tossing seven innings of scoreless ball while striking out 11 and walking none.

Game Ball: deGrom, who turned in his best start as a Met, and one of the best pitching performances by any Met this season.


Links: Recap | Boxscore


What’s Next: The Mets play the third game of their four-game series against the Braves on Wednesday night at Citi Field. Dillon Gee, who is making his first start since landing on the disabled list on May 11, gets the start for the Mets. He’ll be opposed by Ervin Santana for Atlanta. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET.




109 comments
stage52
stage52

When I think of all the good Mets pitching that is coming down the pike I get this warm fuzzy feeling and.................  whoops, I'll be right back.

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Well this should finally settle the silly question of what to do with deGrom when (and IF) Niese returns. Put Dice-K back in the bullpen and thank Eveland and Carlyle for a job . .  done. Hate to pour cold water on a very satisfying game but did it bother anyone else that neither of our two mop-up guys could protect a seven-run lead? The LAST thing we needed to do was burn Familia. Yeah, it's a minor point (I guess) but it was annoying nonetheless.

stage52
stage52

Someone commented the other day that deGrom should go back to Triple A .  That individual should poke his eyes out and be made to root for the San Diego Padres for the rest of his life

Chris Romandetti
Chris Romandetti

Just out of curiosity, does anybody happen to know the Mets record when they bat the pitcher 8th?

Richard Alicea
Richard Alicea

Reminds me of Mark "The Bird" Fidrich of Detroit...

Adam Porte
Adam Porte

I don't think I was alone in talking up deGrom from his very first start. I think this guy has it in him to be an ace on this team. I don't think there is a chance that he goes to the bullpen now. He's been superb and I'm not saying he's going to be as good as Harvey...but he's showing that step up from decent prospect to dominating starter that Harvey made.

It's hugely encouraging!

eric88
eric88

Well as we all know Terry has overused Familia. Well what we knew would happen did. Familia has arm "fatigue" just like Mejia. I HOPE our manager who somehow didn't know it was coming, did not ruin these kids. How can you overuse your late innings guys and still be --- 25-40--- in your last 65 games??????

Jeffrey Miller
Jeffrey Miller

totally befuddles me afer watching BB for 45~ years that "now" a pitcher who's throwing a shutout, got good stuff, clearly isn't laboring and has 4 "off days to recover" can't pitch the 8th/9th innings and instead the game is turned over to the #10/#11/#12 guys on the staff? ....Seaver, Koosman, lack, Gooden, Darling, Fernandez, et all are shaking their heads! No way would THEY let their manager pull 'em w/o a fight! yet, is the tram really preserving pitchers? Do any start 35-36 (not asking for 40 or 41) starts anymore. Can relievers throw 2 + innings (other than the designated long man) and still pitch tomorrow (McGraw, Taylor and those memorable guys from the 80's could!), time for new thinking the OLD way. the quest to "preserve" one's arm in the name of the money invested doesn't work (to most extents)....let 'em throw 120~ pitches! relievers can go more than an inning! Starters can throw MINIMUM 180 innings and 200 should be the standard, not the exception!

William Bonilla
William Bonilla

It's never good for a player to get injured but if Gee doesn't get hurt the deGrom goes to the bullpen and who knows if he ever gets a shot a starting

Noah Baron
Noah Baron

The TC (and definitely Wilpon) hating is at least somewhat justified.  I just can't for the life of me understand the Alderson hating.  


I don't usually comment on MetsBlog anymore; I prefer the more educated comment section on Amazin Avenue.  But how can anyone be mad at Alderson?  Literally every non-bullpen decision he has made has worked brilliantly.  He's fleeced countless general managers.  


He chose Duda over Davis (which I was wrongly against at the time).  He was 100% right.

He held out with Dickey until they included Syndergaard in the package.  Some people (this time not me) complained that he didn't ask for Aaron Sanchez or Anthony Gose (!).  Interesting how that worked out, with Alderson doing the fleecing.  Oh yeah, and we got rid of Mike Nickeas and Josh Thole.


He got Zack Wheeler, who is having a pretty good year (3.48 FIP), for two months of Carlos Beltran.  Just saying that sentence kind of shocks me.  


He traded away only 1 month of Marlon freaking Byrd for Dilson Herrera (who is tearing up AA as the youngest player in the league) and Vic Black, who despite his control issues throws in the upper 90s with a wicked curveball.  


He signed Granderson, who has been the best players on this team since the start of May, for half the money that the Rangers signed Choo with, who by the way is an awful defensive player.


He signed Colon, who I'm guessing he'll flip at the deadline for another useful prospect.  The man is a miracle worker.  Sure, Chris Young and Frank Francisco were busts.  So?  Who hasn't had a few busts?  


In 10 years, Alderson will be viewed by Mets fans as the sabermetric version of Frank Cashen.  Really, he's like Billy Beane, except he's a better negotiatior in trades.



rock316nyj
rock316nyj

At the very least I think that we have the chips to make a big move this offseason for a bat...if degrom continues this, or even gets better, does that make wheeler or thor available in a trade? Nimmo and plawecki stocks have shot up, plus some top picks in low A who should be emerging soon...light at the end of the tunnel

Adrian Cervantes
Adrian Cervantes

Mets are playing some solid baseball since Friday. I'll love to have a winning streak heading into the all star break!!

But lets be real for the Collins and Alderson defenders on this blog, who like to come out and force them down our throat after a nice 4 or 5 game stretch when we are still way below .500. They deserve every bit of critiscm they recieve on this blog.

resuahnaht
resuahnaht

Great game. Tired of all the Mets, TC, and SA hate on this blog. Gotta believe. 

Kyle Suta
Kyle Suta

If we can win 4 out of the next 5 that will leave us at 45-50. Let's come back after the break and beat up on the lifeless padres. The mets did it back in 2001. They were 10 under at the break but got themselves to .500 and played meaningful baseball til the last two weeks of September. All I want is for us to still play meaningful games for another month and a half.

lindro88
lindro88

Funny how things work out. Granderson is leading off and mashing, deGrom has become the most exciting pitcher in the rotation. This team has nights when you think to yourself, why can't they string together a good month of baseball.

hubie_wc
hubie_wc

No reason for Familia to have to pitch tonight.  Taking Carlyle out was just dumb and then forced to use Familia in the 9th.  Heard Wally say last year the most important thing for a manager is using your pen and TC flat out sucks at it.

Steve Finelli
Steve Finelli

@Adam Porte He was throwing his 4 seam 94-96 last night and BLOWING guys away up!!  U could trade both Gee and Colon and have Wheeler, Harvey, Niese, deGrom and Montero in the rotation next year!!

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

@Jeffrey Miller Cash rules everything around me.....so much money has been introduced to this game that you can't ignore the consequences of losing a pitcher for any amount of time.  So you limit their appearances...limit their innings...limit their pitches.  In that regard, isn't it more likely that all these TJ surgeries are financial more than medical?  I don't think it's by coincidence that:  AJ Griffin, Matt Harvey, Jose Fernandez, Patrick Corbin, Jarrod Parker, Jeremy Hefner....all play for "payroll attentive" teams that control their foreseeable futures, and they all make less than $650K.  TJ surgery more palatable when these pitchers make nothing as opposed to when they're on a FA contract? "allegedly".

Ed Renner
Ed Renner

@Jeffrey Miller 

Totally agree. Nothing wrong with living in the past when baseball was better and baseball was played on the field, not in the stat book. If sabermetrics is so end all be all, why are there so many Tommy Johns? Why isn't everybody hitting .375 (because of stats)? Why are there so many .500 teams? In the past, baseball was better. Period. Have at it, all you nay sayers.

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

@Noah Baron You think a 2 game winning streak vs. a paper champion is cause for giving Sandy an extension or something?  Let me remind you...as of today, SA's Mets teams are 44 games UNDER .500, have not had a winning season, and have finished higher than 4th (in a 5 team division) ONCE.  He has not procured ONE quality MLer via trade and he's responsible for bringing on board a total of 16 of the 40 man roster.  He inherited the rest.  Much like he inherited a good deal of VALUABLE ML talent and done marginally with it including letting both Reyes AND Scott Hairston walk (not inconsequential) for nothing.  

Meanwhile for all this rebuilding he's subjected us fans to, is the big league product any closer to contending for a pennant than they were when he took over in 2010?  He came here and force fed us all a rebuilding plan, that I (for one) have no clear view of an ending to.

Sorry, I'm not impressed with Sandy's job at all thus far.  His high points of acquiring Wheeler, TDA and Syndergaard are contrasted by watching a moribund major league product which seems to be in a perpetual state of being "a couple players away"

Ed Renner
Ed Renner

@Noah Baron EXACTLY HOW LONG IS OK TO BUILD A TEAM WITH A WINNING RECORD? IT HAS BEE TOO LONG...FOUR YEARS FOR THIS GENIUS AD WE STILL HAVE NO OFFENSE.

Doubleday
Doubleday

Sandy also badmouthed Ike Davis to the media, told anyone who would listen that he was not satisfied with Reuben Tejada, completely bungled the handling of Wilmer Flores, is up to something weird with Jon Niese, made a huge blunder with Chris Young, has taken four years to find a bullpen, and send at war with Matt Harvey. Shall I go on? I have never seen a GM with such poor people skills.

Olerud42
Olerud42

@Noah Baron Collins is maybe not great, but Alderson sucks. He;s had 5 years and we haven't even had a .500 team. 

mi
mi

@Noah Baron how can you compare cashen to sandy.. he traded for hernandez and carter while they were established big league stars...sandy has riped from the bone every star we have had

Jayson Love
Jayson Love

@Noah Baron there is no question that alderson has made some great trades. You could even add that he signed Marlon Byrd to begin with to that praise of the trade with the pirates.  I think the bashing comes from association much the same way islanders fans bash Garth snow.  Alderson has become associated with the cost-cutting and lying of the Wilpons and as good a job as Sandy has done, his tenure has been a losing one.  Fair or unfair, it's the way it is

Son of Harley
Son of Harley

@Noah Baron  Agree completely. It hasn't shown at the major league level yet, but Sandy Alderson has been completely remaking the franchise from the bottom up.


People forget that Frank Cashen's Mets were terrible during his first four years at the helm, but he spent those years building the foundation for a championship. And Cashen had his share of busts as well in the process of building his team. It happens.

William Bonilla
William Bonilla

There is also the pagan trade, passing on Abreu, let Reyes walk for nothing, until this year have the worst bullpen in baseball every year, extending Terry Collins, questionable drafting, and the unwillingness to take a chance...playing it safe will never get you a championship...it's easy to add minor league pieces when you have stars to trade

fatherflot
fatherflot

@Noah Baron Useful corrective to the usual Sandy-bashing.  You are forgetting the Pagan trade, which was a complete disaster..  Otherwise I pretty much agree.  Rebuilding in New York is very very difficult. I'm glad he's mostly stuck to the plan of building for the future.  ML product has been dismal, but I think there's a good chance we'll be praising Sandy in 2020.  Perhaps these "wilderness years" will look like the Stump Merrill days for the Yankees.

jenkins
jenkins

@Noah Baron Well, when you put it that way...I also think Mets fans will love Alderson's job done in retrospect. Now he needs to complete the rebuild at the ML level and get  a clutch hitting OF and a SS with range that hits .260

Kyle Suta
Kyle Suta

They sure do. If the mets lose the next two nights this little streak is a moot point. Or if they lose the marlins series.

Richard Alicea
Richard Alicea

It's not hate just reflective emotion from passionate Met fans...don't blame them for calling a duck a duck...

Olerud42
Olerud42

@Kyle Suta Every game is meaningful if you look at each game as its own thing.  : ) 

Olerud42
Olerud42

@hubie_wc Disagree. Had to get the win tonight. Using Familia was perfect;y justified.

theglider
theglider

They needed this game. Familia didn't come on until it started looking a little tight.

Bottom line is they won.

Jayson Love
Jayson Love

@hubie_wc yup, Collins manages every game like it's game 7 of the WS and while I understand why he feels he has to do that, Carlyle should have just finished out the game

Jayson Love
Jayson Love

@Ed Renner @Jeffrey Miller Medicine today is better than it was then.  I get longing for the good old days, but guys didnt get "Tommy Johns" because here was no "Tommy John".  They just "blew out their arm".  A guy would say "my arm hurts" and the manager would just throw him out there. 

William Bonilla
William Bonilla

If I'm not mistaken deGrom was called up from the minors to be in the bullpen originally but ended up starting instead when Gee went down...i could be wrong though

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@William Bonilla Could not agree more on SA being too conservative. But that's his nature as well as the fact that their financial situation dictates they can't afford to take risks and miss or they are screwed for years.

Abreu was a big risk according to a lot of scouts at the time. Not just the Mets. Hindsight it was a mistake but at the time it was labeled "a very risky acquisition" by more than a few people. No way the Met's were going to go in on that, too much risk for SA. Grandy was the "safer" choice. 

And the Reyes walking deal seems to have been a function of ownership wanting to holding onto him to help draw attendance while he chased the batting title. I put that solely on Jeff. SA's track record dictates he doesn't pass up on trading guys like that. 

SA has been far from perfect and I'm not saying he's done a great job but every GM swings and misses. But SA is so handicapped financially that he can't afford to compensate for bad big signings so he makes the "safe" play.

1harris1
1harris1

@William Bonilla  I agree with you.  I don't see where Sandy's done a great job here.  At best, it's an "incomplete" until we see how things work out with some of the youngsters he's acquired.  I do believe though that he's been continually hamstrung by the Wilpons, which makes his job more difficult than some are willing to concede.

theglider
theglider

And if they win the next two and take two of three from Florida will you give some credit?

63hitandcatch
63hitandcatch

@Jayson Love @hubie_wc I agree  He has abused Mejia and now he has a tired arm.  Takng Carlyle out was just mind numbing   BUrn up that bullpen 

Olerud42
Olerud42

@theglider I'll give Sandy some credit when his team is .500 or better for at least 3 seasons in a row. 

theglider
theglider

Carlyle walked one batter and gave up a hit to another. Eveland then pitched until there was trouble. Why was leaving in a roughed up Carlyle a smart move?

Jayson Love
Jayson Love

@theglider cause it was 7-0 he would have finished it.  he allowed 2 baserunners, not the end of the world

theglider
theglider

This was a game they had to win and they did. If Carlyle had stayed in and allowed the Braves back in then how many wolf scream he left him in too long ?

They won. They needed this.

Jayson Love
Jayson Love

@theglider he wasnt going to allow 7 runs.  If it got to 7-5 fine, but what abt how Carlyle was throwing led you to believe he was going to allow 7 runs?  how would u manager?  closer in all 162 games?  how big a lead is enough?  like it or not part of the reason we tailspun was the way TC managed in Philly.  Yes it was fun to win 3 of 4 there, but he blew out the bullpen. 

chavez06
chavez06

@theglider there were two outs when carlyle was taken out ... he was not getting hit hard.  Terry manages to win the battle, but he makes it harder win the war ... he needs to be more smart about managing the bullpen.

theglider
theglider

They won 4 of 5 in Philly and the middle 3 games went 14, 14, and 11. The bullpen worked a lot because there was a lot to be done. But you know best.

Jayson Love
Jayson Love

@theglider whatever.  3 of 4 4 of 5...he overused his relievers, do u remember what happened after that series?