Takeaways from the Mets 7-2 win against the Braves…
The Mets defeated the Braves by the score of 7-2 on Thursday at Turner Field in Atlanta. Here are my takeaways from the win…
Bartolo the pitcher.
It was another spectacular night for Bartolo Colon on Thursday, as he did his best to keep his team from a letdown performance with six sparkling innings.
Early on, his pitches were up and the Braves were making some pretty loud contact, but fortunately they were hitting it right at the Mets defense which kept them off the board. And then once he got his fastball and change-up down, he went on cruise control against what really is an anemic Atlanta offense.
Colon faded a bit in the seventh inning as his ball came up in the zone and ultimately allowed two runs, ending a magnificent run of 31 consecutive scoreless innings, the most by a pitcher 42 years old or older, surpassing both Warren Spahn in 1963 and Cy Young in 1909.
He was eventually going to give up some runs. Fortunately it came when the Mets had a nice lead. He has most definitely pitched his way back into the playoff conversation with his performance over the last three weeks, especially with uncertainty surrounding Matt Harvey and maybe even Jon Niese down the stretch of the season.
But no matter what happens, Colon has done everything and more for this team to stabilize a stuttering rotation and tick that magic number down for the club whenever he’s handed the ball. Despite his rocky season, he’s accomplished a lot at an unlikely stage of his career.
Bartolo the hitter.
Colon didn’t just deliver on the mound on Thursday night, as in the 4th inning of tonight’s game he ripped an 0-2 fastball from Braves starter Shelby Miller into center field for a two-out, RBI single.
With that knock, Colon recorded his eighth hit of the season and his fourth RBI of the season, both of which are career highs. It really is incredible what Bart has done at the plate this year, as Colon told reporters in Spring Training that he wanted to double last season’s hit total of two this year. Well, after tonight’s game, Colon wound up quadrupling his 2014 hit total. How ’bout that?
Plawecki the catcher.
Starting in his first game since the Mets recalled him earlier this month, Kevin Plawecki delivered big-time on Thursday night as he broke the ice in the 4th inning with a two-run double and later drove home an important insurance run with an RBI groundout, giving him three RBI on the night.
These were some positive signs from the rookie Plawecki, who got the brunt of the catching work earlier this season when Travis d’Arnaud was on the disabled list and struggled a bit, hitting .229 in that time. It’s likely that Plawecki and not Anthony Recker will be d’Arnaud’s back-up if this team does indeed make the postseason, so performances such as tonight certainly make you feel good.
Uribe the returnee.
After being traded from the Dodgers to the Braves and then from the Braves to the Mets, veteran Juan Uribe, playing in the place of the resting David Wright, delivered a big-time offensive game of his own.
Over the past six week, the Mets have been getting contributions from seemingly everybody on this roster and that was no different tonight as the 36-year-old infielder went 3-for-4 with a double, three RBI and a run scored to boot. Uribe was the first of the Mets offensive acquisitions back in late July, and despite his playing time being reduced with the return of Wright, he continues to produce.
Other notes from Thursday:
With the victory, the Mets have matched their win total from all of last season.
Curtis Granderson went 0-for-2 but walked twice and scored two runs in the win.
Dario Alvarez and Addison Reed combined to pitch 2.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
Former Brave Kelly Johnson went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
The Mets now have a 7.5 game lead in the National League East, their largest lead since 2006.