The New York Mets took 4 out of 5 from the Atlanta Braves yet things couldn’t have been more perfect over the weekend even with a loss on Friday. If not for that one bad start from Taijuan Walker, the Mets could have possibly swept Atlanta in five straight. Instead of being 6.5 games up, they’d be 7.5 in front of them.
Whatever. It was still a perfect series. Jacob deGrom capped things off with a brilliant finale on Sunday where he reminded Braves hitters that he still exists. Taking both halves of the doubleheader on Saturday was a nice way to rebound from the previous day’s loss which had its own positive.
Mets proved they are better than the Braves this weekend
Are the Mets in line for a “trap series” against the Cincinnati Reds? Possibly. This team doesn’t give off the vibe that they’d play down to any opponent. They are still, in a lot of ways, an underdog. The narrative nationally always seems to be that it’s only a matter of time before the Braves catch them. Atlanta had their chance. They failed.
Friday’s loss was a great example of that. Trailing 8-0 before even coming to bat in the bottom of the second, the final score was 9-6.
The Mets grinded. They could have easily thought “to heck with this” and geared up for the two games the next day. Instead, Trevor Williams gave them 4 shutout innings out of the bullpen as they scratched and clawed to make it a closer game.
A perfect series doesn’t usually include a loss in it. But the way the Mets lost, came back, and then had three victories before we woke up Monday morning does feel like a win. They may have taken an L but it was hardly a devastating one. There is a lot they can learn from the experience.
The winner of this series, whether it was 5-0, 4-1, or 3-2, would have all of the momentum afterward. It’s all Mets right now.
The two teams get to face each other in Atlanta for four more next week. They’ll look to strike back. New York will aim to continue at their current pace and maybe even put a little more distance between them.