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Will Mets Manufacture Own Runs?

Sep 27, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Atlanta Braves shortstop

Andrelton Simmons

(19) dives for ground ball during the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Anyone who watched the Mets play against the Nationals would admit there was some luck involved in getting those wins. They still had to make the plays afterwards to score the runs, but a lot of their success against the Nationals has to be attributed to Desmond, who basically handed the Mets two victories.

Ian Desmond made three errors in the series, leading to six Mets runs. The only runs they scored against Max Scherzer on Opening Day were courtesy of Desmond, as Scherzer carried a no-hitter through 5 ⅔ innings before Lucas Duda knocked in two runs following Desmond’s first error.

That opened the floodgates in Game 1, and in Game 3, Desmond once again had a hand in the Mets scoring a majority of their runs. The four-run third inning that got the Mets control came off of a Desmond error. Without the comedy of errors that Desmond committed, the Mets could have easily gone 0-3, possibly getting no-hit by Scherzer as he was dominating prior to the Desmond gaffe.

Against the Braves, the Mets do not look like they will have that type of luck, especially from the shortstop position. Andrelton Simmons mans shortstop for the Braves, and he is one of the best fielders not only at the position, but in the MLB in general. He is a back-to-back Gold Glove winner, so banking on him committing three errors in the series like Desmond did is not a sound strategy for the Mets.

The Mets will just have to go about it the old fashioned way, scoring runs by getting on base with hits and walks and then knocking them in.

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