Takeaways from the Mets 6-4 win over the Braves on Saturday…

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The Mets defeated the Braves by the score of 6-4 on Saturday night at Turner Field in Atlanta. Here are my takeaways from the win…

BaronA quietly productive evening early, some excitement late.

There really weren’t many dramatics from the Mets in their latest win. In fact, the dramatics came from the Atlanta defense, who turned four different inning-ending double plays in the first five innings to help keep the Mets off the board.

Still, the Mets managed to produce just enough offense to work around those double plays and come away with their 81st win to end a six-year run of losing seasons, the longest in Major League Baseball.

The Mets plated two runs in the fourth inning thanks to an RBI single from David Wright and a walk and a wild pitch from Williams Perez which plated Wright a few moments later.

The Mets then got a leadoff double from Daniel Murphy in the sixth inning, who came around to score on an RBI single from Travis d’Arnaud, and that seemed like all of the offense New York would have – and need – on the night.

Of course, no Met game would be complete without some production from Yoenis Cespedes.

He homered in the eighth inning for the fourth run of the night, which marked his 16th home run in his last 29 games, once again making the game of baseball look very small with his giant, superstar presence.

All of this supported a brilliant night from Noah Syndergaard who allowed a run on two hits in seven innings, and the Mets just cruised to another win over the Braves yet again.

But then the bullpen sprung a leak and allowed a three-run home run from Adonis Garcia to tie the game at four, making all of those missed opportunities early that much more glaring.

But, the Mets responded quickly and efficiently in the top of the ninth inning thanks to a leadoff double from d’Arnaud and a big hit from Kelly Johnson again to give the Mets the lead, and this time, they didn’t look back.

A refreshing #ThorsDay.

Noah SyndergaardThere’s been so much talk about Syndergaard struggling away from Citi Field, but he did anything but struggle in Atlanta on Saturday night.

He got off to a rocky start in the first inning, looking like he was really struggling with the feel for his pitches. In fact, he was all over the place in the first inning and surrendered a run in the process. It looked as though it was going to be a long night for Syndergaard, but he kicked it in gear after the first inning and powered his way through seven scintillating innings.

He was definitely refreshed after his near two week layoff. His fastball was consistently 97-100 mph with an outstanding change-up, particularly against the Braves left-handed hitters. He was in complete command from the second through seventh innings, inducing one weak groundball after another and just dominating the meager Atlanta lineup. He retired 11 in a row from the middle of the first until Jace Peterson singled and was thrown out at second to leadoff the fifth, and then retired the final eight batters he faced to conclude a very impressive performance.

This was significant for Noah, as he shook of the notion that he struggles on the road. But it was also significant in that he looked recharged both with his stuff and his body language on the mound. For a while in the middle of the year, he had developed an intimidating mound presence and was simply dominating. Then came early August and it seemed as though he hit a wall. Terry Collins clearly pushed the right button by giving him this hiatus, and he indeed looked very refreshed on Saturday.

He didn’t get a win out of it, through no fault of his own, but this outing is a win in perhaps a much more significant way.

Tyler Clippard is in fact a human being.

Tyler Clippard 1Things had gone so well for Clippard over the first month of his tenure with the Mets, but the fact he was working so frequently made a struggle seemingly inevitable for the right-hander.

His change-up has been a little less deceptive lately, as it hasn’t had that trademarked movement in and off the plate against the right-handed hitters. Instead, it’s floating and staying up, and he’s been rather hittable as a result. And on Saturday, that lack of life on the change-up hurt him, as Adonis Garcia smoked a game-tying, three-run home run off of him with one out in the eighth inning.

It was really rather shocking considering how well things have gone for the Mets lately, especially in their bullpen over the last week.

It’s starting to get really real.

The Mets have 81 wins with 20 games left. They’ve lapped the Nationals in the National League East race, as they’ve lowered their magic number by 11 since Monday afternoon.

Needless to say, it would take a disaster beyond what took place eight years ago for the Mets to not be in the tournament in 2015.

But don’t tell the Mets that – the pedal is still clearly to the metal. They are not letting up, playing at the top of their game and continuing to fire on all cylinders. They’re hungry and they’re excited, and there are a lot of people in that clubhouse, on that coaching staff, and others up and down the organization that deserve to be on this magical ride the Mets are on in 2015.

Other notes from Saturday:

The Mets notched their 36th come-from-behind win and improved to 62-11 when scoring four or more runs in a game.

Cespedes has eight home runs and 20 RBI in his last 11 games.

Jeurys Familia notched his 40th save with a scoreless ninth inning.

The Mets improved to 43-20 against the National League East with their win on Saturday, and 58-28 against teams .500 or worse.

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If they can keep up some semblance of this pace against under .500 teams and the Dodgers limp into the end of the season, then home-field advantage would be pretty sweet


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