2 Mets to blame for the series loss to the Braves, 1 to thank for avoiding the sweep

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2) NY Mets to blame for the series loss: David Peterson

He was sent down for a reason. David Peterson's early-season struggles continued in the opener of this weekend series. After being so good for the Mets last season when the Mets needed him to be, Peterson has looked like the 2021 version of himself so far this season.

I had hoped things would turn around for him and he did get off to a great start in this game. Peterson faced just two batters over the minimum through the first four innings. He had allowed just one hit, a single, and he walked a batter as well. He had five strikeouts and was mowing down one of the best lineups in baseball.

Unfortunately, things unraveled for Peterson as they seem to do often, and he let the game get out of hand in the fifth. Four hits in the inning including a Ronald Acuna Jr. RBI single and a Matt Olson three-run homer put the Mets in a 4-0 hole in an eye blink. When Max Fried is cooling his heels in the other dugout, the starter giving up four runs, especially in one inning, just can't happen.

I understand that the offense didn't show up, and the conditions were awful, and the game was called after five. Peterson needs to avoid the big inning and he did not do that. He absolutely deserves some blame for that loss on Friday.