The Braves once again struggled against Zack Wheeler, who may be the Mets’ third best starter going forward. (Jennry Mejia is out for the remainder of 2013 having bone spurs removed from his elbow, but he was lights out fantastic in his return from TJ surgery.)
It would be easy to complain about losing to the Mets. A historically moribund franchise that’s near 20 games out is always a tough loss to take. But fairness and honesty dictate that we give credit where due, and as odd as it is to say, the Mets sure seem to be building something interesting on the ashes of the Wilpon’s follies. Matt Harvey, Mejia, Wheeler, and Dillon Gee is a rock solid starting four, and they have Noah Syndergaard tearing up AA too. The offense in Flushing is still pretty horrific; the Braves would have likely won this game if their defense hadn’t been atrocious all night long; but the Mets pitching staff really does have the potential to be something special for the next few years.
At this point, the Mets are the “other team” to consider competition for the NL East, along with the Nats. The Phils are on a downward trajectory for the next few years at least, and Miami is a fake storefront for Jeff Loria to suck cash out of the pockets of real baseball team owners.
Pittsburgh and the Dogs of LA both won last night, so the Braves’ lose a game to each in the race for best record in the NL (+2.)