When the New York Mets arrived in Atlanta, the expectations were such that the first game would be the improbable victory while the next two would be locks. Well, that's the reason games aren't played on paper.
Coming off of Johan Santana's worst career outing, the New York Mets lost 14-6 to lose their second game in a row and drop the series to the Atlanta Braves.
R.A Dickey (2-1, 5.71 ERA) came out of the gate hot, utilizing an extremely deceptive knuckler that had Braves off balance through the first inning, but his success stopped soon after. Dickey wound up allowing 8 runs on 8 hits while allowing a staggering 3 home runs. The outing marked the end of a streak of 14-consecutive quality starts for Dickey, the longest such streak in the majors. Both Frank Francisco and Tim Byrdak allowed 2 runs in their work this afternoon, as well.
The Mets offense did all they could to try to rally against the Braves but were ultimately marred by untimely strikeouts and poor base running. David Wright was thrown out trying to score from second by Dan Uggla on a ball that took a bad bounce. Tim Teufel mistakenly sent Wright, which ultimately cost them a run. Daniel Murphy also made an error by trying to score from third on a grounder to first. It was an overall messy effort by the Mets, who will have the day off tomorrow before kicking off a home stand against the San Francisco Giants on Friday night.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis continues to make his mark in the major leagues and is proving every day that he belongs as the starting center fielder. Assuming Kirk, who added 3 hits and a RBI out of the leadoff spot to raise his average to .375, is still producing at this level, it'll be hard pressed to see Andres Torres' return sending the Captain back to the minor leagues. One of the main reasons that Collins stated that Torres was wanted back was due to the lack of speed, which Kirk displayed plenty of today by swiping second and extending a single to left into a double. His explosiveness has been a blessing in the lineup.
The Mets will look to rebound and snap their 2-game losing streak Friday night at 7:10 PM ET at Citi Field against the Atlanta Braves as Jonathon Niese makes his 3rd start.