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Final Score: Braves 12, Mets 5—Punt Game

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Today’s result was entirely predictable and preventable.

Atlanta Braves v New York Mets Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images

The Mets were blown out by the Braves in a game started by literally Jerad Eickhoff, the twice-DFAed pitcher whom the Mets apparently have on speed dial for just such occasions when they can’t find someone better. Instead of filling their rotational void for Tuesday’s contest with someone more closely resembling a major league arm—I would remind you that they were well aware of the need for a pitcher for this game/series from last week—the Mets retreated to someone they’ve released twice, and it went about how anybody would have expected.

The Braves put two runs on the board in the first, and you could just tell that it was just the beginning rather than a minor blip. Atlanta added two in the second on an Ozzie Albies home run and two more in the third on an Abraham Almonte homer. Austin Riley provided the big blow with a grand slam in the fourth, which put this one well out of reach. In total, Eickhoff allowed ten earned runs in 3.1 innings in what will, mercifully, be his last appearances for the Mets, barring some new horror that I don’t even want to imagine.

To their credit, the Mets did not give up, as they scored a run in the third on a Pete Alonso single, two in the fifth on a Jeff McNeil homer, and two in the seventh on a Brandon Drury dinger. Still, the deficit was far too great to overcome. In relief, Yennsy Diaz allowed two runs in 2.2 innings, Drew Smith provided two scoreless frames, and Anthony Banda pitched a scoreless ninth.

Full recap to follow.

GameThread Roll Call

Nice job by MetsFan4Decades; her effort in the GameThread embiggens us all.

  1. MetsFan4Decades: 104
  2. stickguy: 85
  3. IPA: 33
  4. JR and the Off-Balance Shots: 33
  5. mattsbrew: 30
  6. deegie: 29
  7. AnneInFlushing: 27
  8. Dg34: 27
  9. cpins: 23
  10. kefmet: 21