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Mets vs. Braves recap: At least it was over quickly

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The Mets were blown out by the Braves, who had lost six games in a row before Wednesday night.

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If the Mets are trying to convince people that they might not actually be good this year, they’ve been making a hell of a case over the past week-and-a-half. That probably isn’t the case, but on Wednesday night, they fell behind 5-0 in the first inning thanks mostly to Robert Gsellman. They only scored twice, and the gave up three more runs before the game was over.

LOSE, 8-2

In total, Gsellman gave up six runs, five of which were earned, with two strikeouts and three walks. He gave up ten hits and only lasted four-plus innings, and it took him 100 pitches to do so. He’s got a 6.23 ERA on the season now, and the Mets are going to have to hope he improves, whether they get Steven Matz or Seth Lugo back in the not-too-distant future or not.

At the plate, Jay Bruce had a couple of hits and drew a couple of walks, the Mets’ best overall performance from a position player in the game. He’s look fairly adept at the defensive responsibilities of first base, too, which has been a pleasant surprise.

But for as good as he has looked, Jose Reyes has looked just as bad. Last night, he went 1-for-3 with a walk, which is about his best game of the season so far, but still looked not-so-good at third base, with a couple of pretty bad throws.

The Mets are probably better than this. There’s still a long way to go, too. But the rest of the season will get a lot easier if they snap out of this immediately.

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What’s WPA?

Big winners: Jay Bruce, +10.5% WPA
Big losers: Robert Gsellman, -39.6% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Brandon Phillips gets caught stealing by oversliding the bag in the first, +8.9% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Tyler Flowers doubles to drive in three runs in the first, -12.9% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: -38.0% WPA
Total batter WPA: -12.0% WPA
GWRBI!: Tyler Flowers