The Mets beat the Braves 3-1 on Saturday afternoon, as the bullpen pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings to give them their second straight series win. Jon Niese struggled with his control throughout the game, but didn’t let the Braves tack on runs. He’s beginning to settle in as a true number three starter. The Mets are finding all different ways to win ball games now. With only five hits today–Jason Bay had three of them–they still put up three runs by taking the occasional walk and moving runners over. When an offense is struggling, playing “small ball” is crucial, and the Mets did that today.

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Initial Reaction:

Jon Niese gave up a lot of walks, but got away with it by shutting down the Braves offense for the first five innings. Of the five hits he gave up, none were hit hard.

Jason Bay(three hits) finally looks like he’s finding his groove.

Our bullpen has been clutch as of late. Let’s keep it up guys!

Positives From The Game:

Tacking On Runs: Mets had only five hits and were able to score three runs anyway.

The Bay Way: Jason Bay went 3-4 with a game-tying double in the 6th inning. He’s showing signs of breaking out of his slump. Now all he needs his a home run.

Acosta: Manny Acosta pitched strong in relief, getting the win for the Mets, striking out three of the six batters he faced.

Negatives From The Game:

Wright Errors: He made his fourth of the season. It’s somewhat okay since he makes good plays more often than not. ¬†I just wish he would hit to compensate for the errors. His average dropped to .230 after an 0-4 stint today.

Interesting Facts:

11: The number of consecutive games in which David Wright has struck out.

Manny Acosta: Earned his first win with the Mets versus his old team this afternoon.

4: Mets have won 4 of their last 5 games since promoting Ike Davis.

What’s Next: The New York Mets will look to sweep the three-game set against the Atlanta Braves tomorrow night at Citi Field.

NYM Mike Pelfrey (3-0) 0.86 ERA v.s. ATL Tommy Hanson (1-1) 2.81 ERA