Julio Teheran didn’t have it yesterday. He battled, and did a good job to escape with only four runs on his line; he walked five men and departed with the bases loaded with one out in the fifth inning, having needed 102 pitches to get 13 outs.
For the second day in a row, the Braves offense recorded eight hits; for the second day in a row, the Braves improved on the previous day’s scoring total by a run. But while the Braves scored 1, 2, and 3 runs against the Mets, the Mets scored 7, 3, and 6 runs against the Braves. This may be because Braves starting pitchers threw a total of 14 1/3 innings while Mets starters went 19 2/3. It is also because our offense is awful and theirs is merely mediocre.
It’s galling to watch the Braves get swept by the Mets, but it is clear that the Mets are a better team than we are right now, and it’s mainly because of the pitching. We already knew this team couldn’t hit. What’s worrisome is the possibility that they can’t do anything else, either.