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Back Off Track: Braves 5, Mets 3

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The bad news is that the Mets lost again and Oliver Perez walked four batters in six innings. More bad news includes Perez allowing homeruns to Yunel Escobar and Garrett Anderson, who hadn't hit a homerun off of a lefty all season.

The good news is that Perez wasn't a total disaster, and may actually have shown some encouraging signs tonight. His ball rate was still too high (42.6%), but his swinging strike rate was quite good -- 8.9% -- compared to his season rate of 7.7%. He also threw *only* 101 pitches in six innings, which is actually pretty efficient by his standards. Then again, the Braves aren't among the league's most potent offensive juggernauts, so maybe we shouldn't get too excited.

The Mets' offense did what you'd expect they might. The top half collected five of the team's six hits and scored all three of its runs. The bottom half picked up just one hit (plus two walks by Brian Schneider) and drove in two runs, one on a groundout by Jeff Francoeur.

Luis Castillo reached base twice and has actually been far from terrible for a good stretch now. The Mets better extend his contract a few years before he starts getting more expensive.

Mike Pelfrey takes on Jair Jurrjens tomorrow night at the Turn.

Swag Contest

Swag contest results can be found here and the next game's swag form already available. You can read more about the swag contest here.

SB Nation Coverage

* Traditional Recap
* Boxscore
* Amazin' Avenue Gamethread
* Talking Chop Gamethread

Win Probability Added

Big winners: Gary Sheffield, +7.9% WPA, Daniel Murphy, +4.2% WPA
Big losers: Bobby Parnell, -22.5% WPA, Jeff Francoeur, -15.5% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Murphy RBI double in fourth, +11.8% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Diaz double in fourth, -14.6% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: -20.4% WPA
Total batter WPA: -29.6% WPA
GWRBI!: Chipper Jones

Game Thread Roll Call

Nice job by Jadden Hopkins; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.

Num Name # of Posts
1 Jadden Hopkins 125
2 AnthonyR 70
3 Outside Observer 48
4 Michkin 28
5 lstorie1971 26
6 Pat Andriola 25
7 itsmetsforme 25
8 Syler 21
9 i gave chipper's wife a hot carlos 19
10 Schmidtxc 18