2 Mets changes we'd like to see against the Braves, 1 we want but won't get

These changes would help the Mets against the Braves.
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The great lyricist Steve Harwell of Smash Mouth fame put it best: “We could all use a little change.” This inclusive use of the word “all” certainly applies to the New York Mets.

Now 3-6, they’ve been victorious in 3 of their last 4 with the lone loss being a game they should’ve won. The starting pitching staff has been excellent. Only the back of the bullpen has been roughed up on the regular.

A real test comes in the next four days against the biggest foe of all. These two changes can help the team immensely. This other desired switch the ball club needs, unfortunately, won’t be taking place.

1) At least six innings from the Mets starting pitchers to save the bullpen

The Mets starting pitchers aren’t lasting long on the mound which is an all too common problem in Major League Baseball. With the recent rash of major injuries to some star pitchers, we shouldn’t expect any drastic difference, especially not this early in the season and with the personnel they have.

Is a six inning outing too much to ask for? If Jose Butto can do it, these veterans should be able to, too.

This change is one to demand, not expect, and hopefully meet somewhere in the middle at. It’ll be Julio Teheran with the first opportunity. Coming off a game where several of the better arms in the bullpen were used, each out he secures for the Mets will be welcomed.

Starting off the series with a strong and lengthy outing by Teheran can set the Mets up well for the remainder of the week. A little help from the offense to make it an outing where they don’t need a save in the end will be even more delightful. Thus far, Sean Manaea is the only Mets pitcher to get through 6 innings. He's one guy who won't pitch in this series.