The New York Mets were destroyed by the Atlanta Braves in an 8-3 loss Wednesday night. The Braves take the series, as the Mets drop to 7.5 games in back of the NL East lead. Poor pitching and fielding prevented the Mets from taking a much needed series win against their division rivals, and now fall back to a .500 record.

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Initial Reaction:

Mike Pelfrey took the mound against Kris Medlen in the rubber game of the three-game series. Each starter failed to make it passed the fifth inning. The Braves offense took advantage of the Mets errors all night, and the win was pretty much sealed in the sixth inning when they took a 7-3 lead.

The Mets offense could only muster six hits against Braves pitching. How pathetic!

The end is near for Los Mets.

Positives From The Game:

Castillo: A very rare nominee for this category, Luis Castillo was the Mets best offensive player in the game, going 2 for 3, while drawing a walk and driving in a run. He was the only Mets infielder (besides catcher) to not make a defensive blunder.

Negatives From The Game:

Pelf: After posting a 10.02 ERA in July, Mike Pelfrey continued his struggle with making pitches. He couldn’t make it through five innings, giving up five runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks. He allowed back-to-back solo home runs to Chipper Jones and Brian McCann in the third inning.

Errors: The Mets infielders (Reyes, Wright, and Davis) committed four errors, including three in the sixth inning alone. They resulted in four unearned runs, accounting for half of the Braves runs in the game.

Interesting Facts:

  • Mike Pelfrey hasn’t won a start since June 25th.
  • There were six errors committed in total.
  • Mets hitters drew six walks, which tied with their hit total.
  • Braves reliever Mike Dunn recorded the first win of his career.

What’s Next?: The New York Mets travel to Philadelphia on Friday for a three-game set against the banged-up Phils. Game Time 7:35 PM on SNY.

NYM Jonathon Niese (7-5) 3.78 ERA vs PHI Joe Blanton (4-6) 5.86 ERA