The game started with a power outage at Turner Field in the second, but it wasn’t much better once the lights came back on. Chris Young only lasted three innings and dug the team into a five run hole, so a comeback was difficult to muster for the Mets last night. They were able to make it a one run game in the fourth inning, but it wasn’t enough. Chipper Jones (ugh, 0f course!!) pounded a home run in the sixth inning off Josh Edgin and another insurance run from the Braves proved to be too much for the Mets to overcome. Edgin was making his Major League debut as the Mets continue to search for help in the pen.
Young seemed a little stiff last night. It was obvious he didn’t have his best stuff. He kept stretching his arm and shoulder and struggled with command. The Mets depend on good starting pitching to win, so Young’s tough start wasn’t exactly a recipe for success. With the injuries to Gee and Santana, there is a lot more pressure on the starting pitchers and the team as a whole. We are not a power hitting team. That’s obvious to anyone, so when you go down five runs- it’s hard to battle back. The Mets put up a good fight, but we’re now back 5.5 games. Every game counts, so we’ll have to fight even harder if we want to stay in the playoff race.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!! — Did you see Ruben Tejada‘s crazy good play in the 4th off Prado’s grounder?? Well if you didn’t, you need to check it out here. Not only did he make the stop, but he turned ON HIS KNEES and fired to first for the out. My jaw-dropped. He is being consistent and developing his skills beyond my expectations to say the least. You keep it going Tejada! I am so impressed as I’m sure every Met fan is!
DICKEY TAKES THE MOUND TONIGHT– R.A. Dickey looks for his 13th win of the season this afternoon! NL Cy Young candidate in the making right there! Dickey and the Mets take on Tommy Hanson and the Braves at 4:05 PM on FOX.