The Atlanta Braves, a team with a roster designed to lose far more baseball games than it wins this year, completed a three-game sweep of the New York Mets on Sunday afternoon. They scored six runs in the process, though they didn’t need nearly that many, as Julio Teheran threw a shutout.
If there was a silver lining yesterday, it was that the Washington Nationals lost, too, for the second straight day, which leaves the Mets six games back in the National League East. But the Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers won, which puts the Mets a half-game back of the second Wild Card spot this morning. There’s a whole lot of season left, but let’s hope that a few months from now we can laugh about that time the Mets were swept by the Braves.
The Mets are off today, and Travis d’Arnaud is slated to return tomorrow. If he hits anything like he did last year, he’ll be a significant upgrade over Kevin Plawecki and Rene Rivera at the plate. Perhaps the Mets will do more than that in terms of the roster between now and tomorrow night, when they begin one of those silly two-game interleague series by hosting the Kansas City Royals. Whether they do or not, just winning a few games this week would help put their weekend series in the rearview mirror.
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Win Probability Added
Big winners: none
Big losers: Jacob deGrom, -11.3% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Jace Peterson grounds out with the bases loaded to end the inning in the third, +5.1% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Ender Inciarte drives in a run in the third, -11.6% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: -17.6% WPA
Total batter WPA: -32.4% WPA
GWRBI!: Ender Inciarte