Author: Paul Zinn
In their second consecutive doubleheader, the Mets (4-11) were again swept - this time by the Atlanta Braves. Atlanta won the second game, 4-0, this evening at Turner Field.
Keys to the game:
The Mets were baffled all night by Braves' pitcher Jair Jurrjens, who made his season debut and allowed just two hits in seven shutout innings.
Mike Pelfrey (0-2) was mediocre, giving up all four runs and 11 hits in five-plus innings. Through four starts, Pelfrey has an ERA of 9.72
Dan Uggla, Chipper Jones, Eric Hinske and David Ross had RBI singles for the Braves.
Daniel Murphy made an awful base running error in the sixth, leading off with a double and then being thrown out easily trying to steal third for the first out that inning.
Another blunder occurred to end the second when Willie Harris was picked off first after a two-out single.
Perhaps the lone bright spot was Pedro Beato, who in two innings worked out of a two-on, no out jam in the sixth and then struck out the side in the seventh. Taylor Buchholz also looked good in an inning of relief.
David Wright went a combined 0-for-7 in the doubleheader, and Jose Reyes' hit streak ended at 13 games.
Commentary: The Mets are just awful right now, having lost seven straight and 10 of 11. They must find a way to stop the bleeding immediately. The fielding was better today, and the pitching wasn't bad, but the Mets' offense was terrible. With the poor play and injuries (pitcher Chris Young went to the DL today) you can't help but feel that this season is headed in a very bad direction.