Exactly the kind of game I thought we’d have a lot more of this year. Charlie Morton pitched like the guy who finished third in the Cy Young race two years ago, one-hitting the Mutts over seven innings with eleven strikeouts and two walks. A.J. Minter and Will Smith shut the door, allowing one hit and no walks in the final two innings.
Even the annoying things about this game were the kind of annoying things we’ve seen this team do too often in years when they finished first: namely, Dansby hit a three-run homer in the third inning, and then the offense promptly went into Hibernation Mode while the pitching staff somehow made the lead hold up.
The Mets had a rough time of it, with Marcus Stroman having to come out of the game after a single inning. They’re 37-31 and no one’s idea of a juggernaut. The Mets’ best player, Francisco Lindor, is hitting .212/.304/.351, the kind of contract year performance that makes Freddie Freeman’s free agency audition look positively Donaldsonian by comparison.
Games like this make it easy to believe that the Braves are just a winning streak away from being right back where they want to be. Now, they just have to figure out how to win more than four games in a row…