Rapid Reaction: Braves 6, Mets 0
May, 25, 2013
By Matt Ehalt | ESPNNewYork.com
The Mets had no answer for Mike Minor -- at the plate and on the mound.
Atlanta's starter almost beat the Mets single-handedly, as he pitched 7 1/3 innings of zero-run ball and smashed a two-run homer in Atlanta's 6-0 win on Saturday at Citi Field. The Braves won both games on the day, as the teams earlier finished their suspended game from Friday, with Atlanta winning 7-5 in 10 innings.
At 17-29, this the worst Mets start since the 1993 team started 16-30.
Needed one more out: Mets starter Dillon Gee was cruising through 4 2/3 innings, and then it all went south for him. Single. Homer. Double. Single. Double. Single. And it was 5-0. He was one out away from throwing five scoreless and he instead heard boos as the Braves kept pounding him for hits.
Gee has struggled to go deep into games this year, and it continued Saturday, as he lasted five innings, giving up eight hits and five earned runs. Gee has not pitched more than six innings since his first start on April 4. In his past five starts, he's gone five innings four times and four innings in the other.
As the Mets decide who they are going to bounce from the rotation for Zack Wheeler, Gee isn't making a great case to stay in it. While he might have more wins than Jeremy Hefner, you can make a case that Hefner has been the better pitcher this year. Gee is now 2-6 with a 6.34 ERA.
Ike watch: After Ike Davis singled for the second time in 43 at-bats during the suspended game, Davis was a pinch hitter in the nightcap and struck out. Davis did not start the game due to the lefty-lefty matchup against Minor.
Bats, are you there? The Mets simply couldn't get anything going against Minor. It took them 5 1/3 innings before they had more hits cumulatively as a team than Minor had himself. One player who did show up was Ruben Tejada, who went 3-for-4 with three singles. In the suspended game, he popped out while trying to lay down a bunt in the 10th inning, but he responded nicely.
Time to move out: The Mets have now lost eight straight games at home and have not won a series at Citi Field since April 19-21, when they took two of three against Washington. With one more against Atlanta and with the 30-win Yankees coming to town Monday and Tuesday, it might get worse.
Up next: The Mets will try to avoid the sweep Sunday as they send Marcum (0-5, 6.79) against Atlanta's Julio Teheran (3-1, 3.99). First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m.