The Braves lost both games today to the red hot Mets and fell to 5.5 games back.
In the first game, the offense spent most of the game in its usual day game hangover mode, and Jake Odorizzi struggled with his command in his first start with his new team, allowing 9 baserunners and failing to get through the fifth inning. Tyler Matzek and Bryce Elder (up to be the twenty-seventh man) both struggled in relief, giving up 5 runs and putting the game out of reach. The Braves did get 5 runs after the seventh inning to make the score look closer than it was, an 8-5 final.
The second game didn’t go any better. The Braves couldn’t touch Max Scherzer, and the Mets got some infield singles, bloopers falling in, and bad defense to score 4 runs off Max Fried. The Braves had a scare during the 3 run third, as Fried fell on his head after trying to throw a man out at the plate and was slow to get up and appeared dazed. He recovered though and was cleared by the trainer to continue. Travis D’Arnaud did have to leave the game after a collision with Pete Alonso in the sixth, who was initially (and correctly) ruled out, but the call was somehow overturned even though Alonso never touched the plate. Not that it mattered, though, as the Braves only scored 2 runs late against the bullpen and lost by 4 runs.
Spencer Strider goes tomorrow afternoonagainst Jacob DeGrom, as the Braves try to avoid disasterously losing 4 out of 5 and going 6.5 back in the division. A win would keep them a more manageable 4.5 games back.