The Mets dropped their second game in a row to the Braves 5-3 at Turner Field on Saturday. Here are my takeaway’s from tonight’s loss…
Dillon Gee let a fire get out of control.
Outside of a second inning home run allowed to Freddie Freeman, Gee looked really, really sharp through the first four innings. He had a really nice, heavy change-up and was working the corners with his fastball to that point. But in the fifth inning, he allowed three consecutive doubles to Alberto Callaspo, Christian Bethancourt and Andrelton Simmons, and the inning was capped by an Eric Young Jr. triple and a Nick Markakis single. In the end he allowed four runs and the game was out of reach.
Gee was throwing strikes, but the quality of those strikes diminished in the fifth inning and he got crushed. He just won’t be effective if he is even slightly over the middle of the plate with his pitches. That’s what happened to him in that frame, and he just kept pouring more gas on the flames.
Wilmer Flores’ nightmare of a start continued.
It did not get any easier for Flores on Saturday. He made another miscue in the fourth inning when he made a slow turn on a 6-4-3 double play, and then with the team down three runs with the bases loaded and nobody out in the seventh, he swung at the first pitch offered by Brandon Cunniff, and grounded into a 6-4-3 double play, killing a tremendous opportunity to pule on some runs.
It’s almost as if things are just tumbling down for Flores. I am rooting for him to succeed and get himself on track, but the last three days have been flat out ugly for the kid.
So much for the offense in Spring Training.
The Mets just aren’t hitting. Yes, Teheran was fabulous tonight until the seventh inning tonight, and they’ve faced some top-tiered pitching in four of their first five games, but their bats are ice cold with only a couple of exceptions. Yes, Gee ended up being ineffective tonight, but if the Mets don’t hit, it really doesn’t matter how many runs he gave up, does it?
How about Sean Gilmartin?
He might be the only Met who can get Freeman out. He’s fanned him twice in two nights, and retired all seven batters he’s faced in the big leagues. He has a good curveball which has been very effective against left-handed hitters to this point. As I wrote earlier, it’s not clear how long his tenure will last with the Mets, but if he pitches well, he has to stay. So far, he has done just that.
The Mets scored two more unearned runs on Saturday. They have scored 16 runs in five games this season, eight which are unearned.
Lucas Duda singled and doubled in four at-bats. Juan Lagares had the only other hit for the Mets, which came in the ninth inning on a Baltimore Chop infield single.
The Mets have now lost 100 games at Turner Field since the building opened in 1997.