Well, that was a waste of seven hours — the Mets dropped a doubleheader to the Braves on Thursday. On the plus side, it looks like Jason Bay may have remembered how to hit.
Game one saw the major league debut of Chris Schwinden. It was not one to remember. He allowed three runs in his first inning and five overall in five innings of work.
The Mets actually took the lead in the bottom of the first when Bay hit a grand slam (below). He went three-for-seven with five RBIs in the two games. He has three homers and nine RBIs in his last seven games.
However Schwinden gave the lead back in the third and the Mets would eventually lose 6-5.
Dillon Gee took the mound for the Mets in game two. He pitched reasonably well despite suffering the 5-1 loss — six innings, three runs (two earned) and six strikeouts. Gee has struggled of late; hopefully he can close out his rookie season on a strong note.
Offensively, not much to talk about. Jose Reyes had a hit in each game (in the first game as a pinch-hitter), so his average sits at .335, five points ahead of Ryan Braun for the National League lead. It would be really nice for Reyes to win the batting title — the only win of the season for the Mets!
So the Mets are now 70-73. They host the Cubs next. I predict they will be at .500 when the weekend is over. It’s not that the Mets are that good — the Cubs are that terrible.