New York Mets get a reality check vs Atlanta but it’s not all bad

Pete Alonso, New York Mets. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)
Pete Alonso, New York Mets. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images) /

It was a tough three days against Atlanta this weekend for the New York Mets. They got swept by the NL East leaders but it’s not all bad for the Amazins.

The New York Mets got swept by Atlanta over the weekend. There are several ways to look at the sweep, but it’s not all bad news. First and maybe most importantly, even with dropping three straight, the Amazins are still only two games out of a playoff spot. The overall damage to the season, therefore, is negligible.

That’s baseball

You can’t win em all. It’s cliche, but it’s also true. The New York Mets are not going to win every game. Before the disappointing weekend, they had won five straight and six of their previous seven, including a sweep of then AL Central-leading Cleveland. The breaks finally caught up with the Mets, it happens.

Also under the category of “that’s baseball,” there are always teams every season that have your team’s number. This year, Atlanta has been very good. They own the second-best record in the NL and fouth-best in the Majors. The Braves have been at their best when facing the New York Mets in 2019.

What the Amazins should be taking away from the series is a bit different.


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Despite getting swept, the Mets were in all three games. They didn’t hit well, but they are still a few key bats short. Jacob deGrom did his best Pedro Cerrano impression Friday (the scene from the movie Major League when Cerrano says “F-U Jobu, I do it myself” and hits a home run), by taking Atlanta starter Mike Foltynewicz deep in the sixth to give the Amazins their only run in a 2-1, 14-inning loss.

They were up Saturday night 5-4 through five innings on Pete Alonso‘s franchise tying 41st long ball of the season. Unfortunately, the tired bullpen pulled a June-like performance and the Mets lost 9-5. But they were definitely in contention up to the end. Sunday wasn’t much better as the Amazins once again dropped a 2-1 decision.

This series was a benchmark, they went head-to-head with the division’s best and had their chances to win all three games. Overall the New York Mets are 5-11 in 2019 against Atlanta. A break here and some better health there and for the first time all year New York could have looked like Atlanta’s equals. Now the Mets know what they need to reach the next level. The Braves should be concerned if these teams meet in the playoffs.

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Good teams have the ability to shake off a few losses. The next nine games are key the New York Mets postseason hopes. They need to refocus and learn from the Braves series which they can do. When the Braves come into CitiField for the final three games of 2019, circumstances may be vastly different with the Amzins looking like the NL East’s best team.