Final Score: Mets 10, Braves 3
Yoenis Cespedes and the Mets handled their business on Sunday by punishing the Braves in their final matchup at Turner Field. The win won’t make up for all the horrible embarrassment the team has experienced over the years at the park. But it’s nice to see Yo smack the Braves up nonetheless. Yo hit a grand slam, had 5 RBIs, and passed on talking to the media after the game. Apparently he said he’s going to let his bat do the talking. Please sign this man for life.
Yo’s The Man: Asdrubal Cabrera hit a triple in the first inning, and Yo knocked him in with an RBI ground out. It looked like Cabby’s knee exploded once he reached third base, but he stayed in the game. The Mets then loaded the bases in the third inning for Yo, and he smashed a grand slam. At that point the game was over. It’s almost unfair to say that Yo is “heating up” at the right time because the man has hit .290 all season and just hit his 30th long ball yesterday. But if he’s going to go on another power surge like he did last August/September then I really like the Mets Wild Card chances. Yo’s the power. Yo’s the man.
Blowout: The Mets annihilated the Braves pitching staff on Sunday. James Loney had a solo homer in the fourth inning and an RBI double in the fifth. The Mets added 4 runs in the fifth overall including a Seth Lugo sac fly. The Blonde Bombers had 5 hits combined (Asdrubal 3 hits and Jose Reyes 2).
Lovely Lugo: Seth Lugo gave the Mets another rock solid start. He went 7 innings and gave up 2 runs on 6 hits. The Braves had a chance to crawl back into the game in the fourth inning when Freddie Freeman hit an RBI single to make it 6-1 and then they loaded the bases for Anthony Recker. But our boy Anthony “Golden Chin” Recker did exactly what he did during all his Mets years. He did nothing. I’m surprised he didn’t strike out on 3 pitches. Instead he popped out to first base. Then Dansby Swanson hit into an inning ending double play.
Leave Them All In: On Saturday, Terry almost managed to burn his entire expanded roster by the 10th inning. Yesterday the Mets scored 10 runs and Terry felt the need to keep Yo and Cabrera in the entire game. Yo apparently said he wanted to stay in. Cabby on the other hand is limping around out there, and Terry’s too distracted managing his bullpen to take him out for some additional rest. Wake up TC!
Today: The big road series against the Nationals starts tonight. Rafael Montero pitches against Mat Latos. That’s one ugly pitching matchup. The Mets need to win 2 out of 3 just to keep pace in this Wild Card race. Let’s make a statement. Let’s go.