The Braves carried a six-game losing streak into Citi Field on Wednesday, while the Mets came into the night having lost four straight. Both streaks could not remain intact. In the end, Julio Teheran's years-long mastery of the Mets trumped any more recent trends. The Braves starter held New York to two runs in 6 1/3 innings of an 8-2 victory, snapping Atlanta's funk while sending the Mets to their fifth straight defeat.
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Their bullpen as well rested as at any point this season, the Mets on Wednesday made a roster move to return to a full five-man bench and a seven-man bullpen. The team recalled utility man Matt Reynolds from Triple-A Las Vegas, optioning left-hander Sean Gilmartin to Vegas in a corresponding move.
Tim Tebow is catching fire once again. The Columbia Fireflies outfielder went 3-for-4 with his first career triple on Wednesday afternoon and barely missed his third home run of the season when he drove a ball deep to left field in his final at-bat. The performance marked his third multihit game since Friday.
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R.A. Dickey says the Mets will always have a special place in his heart for helping him resurrect his career seven years ago. The feeling is mutual -- and not just for the 20-win Cy Young season he had for the Mets in 2012 -- as Dickey also brought them Noah Syndergaard. The pair will square off Thursday when the Braves and Mets complete a rain-shortened two-game series at Citi Field.
On paper, at least, Tuesday's lineup was good news for the Mets: Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d'Arnaud were penciled onto the card after a combined seven games on the bench. Realistically, however, Cespedes was never likely to play -- not in the rainy and windy conditions that ultimately postponed Wednesday's game.
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Zack Wheeler allowed a grand slam in the first inning, but little else in a loss to the Nationals. He finished his start with six shutout innings, a sign that he might be close to being all the way back after Tommy John surgery.
Jacob deGrom pulled off quite a feat on Saturday: the Mets right-hander was both very good and very bad in the same performance during a 3-1 loss to the Nationals at Citi Field.
Rain postponed the first game of a three-game series Tuesday between the Mets and Braves. The two clubs will make up the game as part of a single-admission doubleheader on Sept. 25 at 4:10 p.m.
The Nationals won their seventh-consecutive game as Daniel Murphy hit a first inning grand slam and Ryan Zimmerman added a two-run shot as the Nationals topped the Mets. New York got home runs from Michael Conforto and Neil Walker. Zack Wheeler allowed the Murphy slam, then closed his start with six scoreless innings. Max Scherzer got the win, working eight innings.
It seems like every time he takes the mound, Kolby Allard keeps showing why the Braves drafted him No. 14 overall two years ago. Allard is among Sunday's top prospect performers.
Gio Gonzalez carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and lasted into the seventh to lead the Nats to a 3-1 victory over the Mets. Washington has now won six consecutive games and will go for a sweep Sunday night. New York, meanwhile, is ailing and has dropped seven of its past eight games.
Clint Frazier has had Yankees fans abuzz since New York traded for him last July, but he hadn't gotten off to the hottest start to the 2017 season at the plate. As of Saturday, that looks like it might be changing.
Mets manager Terry Collins decided to bench Jose Reyes for at least a game or two, hoping that the break will help shake his leadoff hitter out of a serious slump.
With tip from Cabrera, Wheeler hits pinch double
The names and the faces were different, because the Mets have had a run of injuries that cost them nearly half their everyday lineup. They had a pitcher pinch-hitting and a pitcher pinch-running, and they had bench players given bigger roles.
The Nationals and the Mets have exchanged the National League East title during the past three seasons, and the two teams are the favorites in the division again in 2017. That increases the importance of their 19 matchups this season, the first of which required extra innings to decide Friday night's game at Citi Field.
No pitcher has been more dominant than Class A Columbia's Merandy Gonzalez to begin the season. That trend continued on Friday night, as the Mets' No. 14 prospect extended his scoreless innings streak to 20 2/3 by tossing seven frames in a win against Lexington.
The Mets put first baseman Lucas Duda and infielder Wilmer Flores on the 10-day disabled list Friday, but Duda and Flores were only the start of an injury list that is growing by the day.
Even on nights when the dribblers squeeze just inside the line, when the bloopers drop in between the mist and the occasional extra-base hit, Noah Syndergaard makes sure each at-bat against him remains a daunting chore.
The timing isn't great for the Mets. They've lost five of their last six, and now they play the Nationals for the first time this season. They keep losing players to injury, and hey, the Nationals are coming to town.
Noah Syndergaard looked unhittable in the first inning Thursday night at Citi Field. He struck out the side on 14 pitches, flashing his 100-mph fastball. It looked like a long night ahead for the Phillies, but they scored three runs in the second inning and two runs in the third in a 6-4 victory, winning their first series against the Mets since April 8-10, 2016.
Jeurys Familia was activated from the restricted list prior to the Mets' series finale Thursday against the Phillies. Familia had served a 15-game suspension to begin the season for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy.
Jay Bruce got a curtain call, a crown and a robe.
Jay Bruce continues to haunt the Phillies.
Any lingering concerns regarding Lewis Brinson's health were quashed by his performance on Tuesday night. Playing in just his fifth game since returning from a dislocated pinky finger, the Brewers' No. 1 prospect recorded four hits, including his second home run, and five RBIs.
Jose Reyes' voice was low as he slouched in a chair before his locker, looking up at his inquisitors. There are slumps, and then there are all-consuming funks. Reyes, upon dropping a pop-up that allowed the Phillies to tie Tuesday's game in the eighth inning, eventually coming away with a 6-2, 10-inning victory, appears to have entered the latter domain.
Given a second life, the Phillies took full advantage Tuesday at Citi Field, turning a late Jose Reyes error into a 6-2, 10-inning win over the Mets.
Multiple setbacks have derailed David Wright's progress in his return from a shoulder injury over the first half of April, but Wright intends to begin a full slate of baseball activities this week at Citi Field.