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(Sports Network) - Josh Thole had a pair of run-scoring singles, as the New York Mets snapped their seven-game slide with a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves in the finale of a three-game set at Turner Field.
Dillon Gee (1-0), taking the spot in the rotation for Chris Young, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with biceps tendinitis, gave up one run on five hits with a pair of walks over 5 2/3 effective innings. The right-hander struck out four. Francisco Rodriguez locked the game down in the ninth despite allowing the leadoff hitter to reach. It was his second save of the season.
Tommy Hanson (1-3) threw five innings, allowing three runs on five hits with a pair of walks and fanned nine, but was tagged with the loss.
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With losses in 10 of their last 11 games (seven in a row) and Chris Young placed on the disabled list yesterday, the New York Mets will turn to Dillon Gee this afternoon (1:35 p.m. EST, PIX 11) and his five major-league starts to try to get the Mets back to winning again. It won't be easy for Gee, as the Atlanta Braves will send out talented right-hander Tommy Hanson.
Just 15 games into the season and the Mets are already in a deep losing funk. The starting pitching has been bad, for a while, the relief efforts were destroying hopes of keeping the game close -- and now, the hitting has been MIA. Just when one thing seems resolved, another rears its ugly head.
Gee has started two games for Triple-A this season, and is 1-1 with a 4.63 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. He's not an overpowering pitching by any means but gave the Mets decent innings at the end of last season upon his callup (2-2 in five starts with a 2.18 ERA and 1.21 WHIP). Hanson had a rocky start to the year but his latest start against the Marlins resembled the Hanson of old as he tossed seven innings, didn't allow a run and struckout five. He's 1-2 with a 3.38 ERA and 1.31 WHIP on the year -- and he's 3-1 with a 1.76 ERA against the Mets in his career.
The New York Mets managed just two measly hits -- and yet again, Mike Pelfrey was hit around like a punching bag as the Mets (4-11) dropped their seventh straight game, 4-0, to the Atlanta Braves (7-8) tonight at Turner Field.
On the plus side, Pelfrey threw at least five innings for the second straight outing -- and this time his ground ball-to-fly ball ratio was an encouraging 10:2, but he also allowed all four runs, 11 hits and walked one. The Mets opening day starter has allowed 39 baserunners this season (2.34 WHIP) and just nine strikeouts (three today). It's been a disastrous first four outings for Pelfrey and a forgetful first 15 games for the Mets as well. The team has now lost 10 of its last 11 games of the season.
For the second game in a row -- which is an eternity from the several games ago -- the bullpen was a plus, as it didn't allow a hit in three innings tonight. Pedro Beato tossed two scoreless innings, striking out two batters, while Taylor Buchholz pitched an inning with a strikeout.
Willie Harris and Daniel Murphy recorded the only hits for the Mets in this game, as Jair Jurrjens pitched seven innings, fanning four. An incident in the sixth inning epitomized the Mets season to date: Murphy swatted a double with no outs, then decided to try to steal third -- again, with nobody out -- and got caught. Terry Collins wants the team to be aggressive, especially with this dreadful start, but not be stupid.
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LP: Mike Pelfrey (0 - 2)
The New York Mets losing streak has reached six games after today's 4-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves in the first of their double header as Mets pitchers were haunted by four solo home runs.
But unlike many of the previous games, New York's bullpen kept them in the game. D.J. Carrasco started and threw 3 2/3 innings while giving up three earned runs -- two homeruns to Alex Gonzalez and one to Chipper Jones -- and Ryota Igarashi threw one-third of an inning to clean up the fourth. Carrasco, not a starting pitcher by any means, was on a pitch limit (he threw 86) in today's game.
Igarashi (one-third), Pat Misch (two) and Bobby Parnell (two) completed the remainder of the game by allowing just one run on two hits. Misch, recalled today to give the Mets a fresh arm, allowed his run on a homerun to Freddie Freeman.
The Mets couldn't find a way to solve Derek Lowe, managing just five hits in the game against him and two runs. Their lone runs of the game came when Jose Reyes grounded into a fielder's choice and Willie Harris doubled, driving the ball to left center field. The Amazin's had a chance to cut into the 4-2 lead in the seventh inning when they had two guys on, but David Wright popped out to right field. Atlanta's bullpen duo of Johnny Venters and Craig Kimbrel would then shut the door on the Mets in the eighth and ninth inning.
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Not even three full weeks into the season and the New York Mets already have three players on the disabled list. The latest addition to the list: No. 4 starter, Chris Young. The team has recalled lefty Pat Misch from Triple-A.
Young had experienced biceps tendonitis after his first two starts of the year and was supposed to take the hill on Sunday against the Atlanta Braves after he made significant improvement during the past few days, but he obviously hadn't recovered enough to make the start. What also made this decision an easy one is the fact that the Mets are taking part in back-to-back double headers and there needs to be viable arms around.
Young's DL stint is backdated to Monday and he'll be able to return on April 26.
The 31-year-old has been the Mets most effective pitcher thus far: 1-0 record with 12 1/3 innings pitched, six hits and 12 strikeouts to go along with a 1.46 ERA and 0.97 WHIP.
It is not clear who will start in tomorrow's game because of today's double header. Misch would figure to be the favorite but the team could also call up Dillon Gee depending on who is used today.
Friday night's game between the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves at Turner Field has been rained out. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday, the Mets second double dip in three days.
The New York Mets will face their hated NL East rivals, the Atlanta Braves ,tonight as they look to break their current five-game losing streak. Who will they call on to snap the slide? D.J. Carrasco, of course!
Because of the double header (to forget) on Thursday and Chris Young's outing being pushed back to Sunday because of biceps tendonitis, the Mets will utilize Carrasco in a spot-starter role tonight (7:30 p.m. EST, SNY) as they take on the Braves at Turner Field. Pitching for Atlanta will be veteran sinker baller, Derek Lowe.
Really, with the up-and-down nature of the pitching in the first 13 games in the season, is Carrasco any worse than what we've all seen thus for? Probably yes, but the Mets don't actually have a fully stocked reserve from which to choose from. In his seven MLB seasons, Carrasco has started 23 games in his career, 20 of which came in 2005 during a season with the Royals. He doesn't exactly have great numbers in a starting role -- 5-8 record, 5.01 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, 56 strikeouts in 125 2/3 innings -- so that's why he's been a reliever for the 320-plus innings of his career. So far this season with the Mets, Carrasco has tossed 6 2/3 innings, allowed seven hits and three earned runs (4.05 ERA, 1.50 WHIP).
Suffice to say, the Mets will need their offense and bullpen, which has been the team's Achilles' Heal thus far, to bail them out. Jose Reyes will lead off -- followed by Angel Pagan, David Wright, Carlos Beltran, Ike Davis, Willie Harris, Brad Emaus and Josh Thole. Reyes and Pagan have the ability to wreak havoc atop the Mets order, and maybe this gets Pagan going.
The 38-year-old Lowe has actually faired terribly against the Mets in his career, with a 4-5 record, 5.75 ERA and 1.59 WHIP, so maybe, just maybe, he will be a guy the Mets can take advantage of tonight as they look to just put together a much-needed win. In three starts this year, Lowe has been superb: 1.45 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, but a 1-2 record.