They lost again on Friday night, this time a 4-0 shutout to the Atlanta Braves. Chipper Jones got a bad night’s sleep at his New York City hotel and woke up with back stiffness, so he missed the game. Brian McCann sat out to rest his sore shoulder. It didn’t matter – Jason Heyward and Dan Uggla did more than enough damage.
Jason Bay remains the poster boy for offensive futility – I felt like cheering when he hit a ball that was caught just short of the center field warning track in the sixth inning. And the rest of the lineup wasn’t much better. Four Mets reached base: Ruben Tejada on a first inning error, Daniel Murphy on a second inning single, Rob Johnson on a sixth inning double and Scott Hairston on a seventh inning double. That’s just not going to get the job done.
Matt Harvey made his first start at Citi Field, and he did not look good in his first two innings of work. He needed 33 pitches to get out of the first, and he gave up two runs. Through six innings, he allowed five walks as he threw just 64 of 101 pitches for strikes. But if there was a bright spot to Friday night’s loss, Harvey provided it. After the rough start, he battled back and retired nine in a row before leaving the game.
If there was another bright spot, it was that the Mets lost quickly – the game took just 2 hours, 24 minutes to complete. Forty-nine more to go.