3 Up, 3 Down: Somehow Mets Split Series With Braves

3 UP

1. Resiliency

There’s a lot of negative things you can say about this Mets team, and with how they’ve been playing of late, we’ve all said them repeatedly.

Through all of it, we’ve failed to notice how resilient this team is.

Even with all the bullpen meltdowns, this team fights late into games. They respond to bad losses by putting up first inning runs.

This series was the perfect example. Devastating loss in the first half of the doubleheader? Win the second half.

Another bullpen meltdown on Tuesday? Jason Vargas responds with five shutout innings on three days rest, and Amed Rosario helps turn a miraculous double play.

We don’t know what the rest of this season has in store, but we do know an undermanned Mets team is keeping this team above .500, and they are fighting to help keep the Mets relevant until this team gets completely healthy.

2. Rosario Playing Great

After struggling in his call-up last year and in April, there were questions about whether Rosario was really ready for the majors. In some corners, he was being considered a bust.

Those concerns have quieted down with Rosario playing great lately.

Over his past 12 games, he is hitting .350 with eight runs, a triple, three homers, and six RBI.

But it’s more than the production. He’s been dynamic out there. With his speed, he can easily go first to third or score from first on an extra base hit. He’s starting to learn how to steal bases. Overall, he’s becoming a force in the lineup who is finding himself as a central point around rallies.

And his great play starting the 6-4-3 double play cannot be lauded enough, nor can his performance yesterday because it led to the Mets winning that game, a win this team desperately needed.

3. Making the Braves Regret Their Decisions

The Atlanta Braves are paying Adrian Gonzalez $21.8 million to not play for them.

In this series, he was 5-for-13 with two runs, a home run, and four RBI.

Jose Bautista was given a minor league deal to help establish himself as a possibility at third base for the franchise. The team cut bait with him after 12 games.

In this series, Bautista was 3-for-10 with a run, two doubles, RBI, and four walks.

3 DOWN

1. Meltdowns

Mickey Callaway seems as if he is snake-bit because no matter what he does with the bullpen, he’s wrong.

On this tough road trip, he’s seen almost all of his relievers suffer a meltdown of sorts. Those meltdowns have cost the Mets four games on the eight game road trip.

While Callaway has made a number of questionable sections, most notably his reliance on Jerry Blevins and expecting Seth Lugo to record a six out save, his relievers haven’t stepped up to record outs and bail out their manager.

With these meltdowns, the Mets are somehow 5-6 in games Jacob deGrom starts. With one of those wins coming in deGrom’s one inning start, the team is really 4-6 in his starts.

If the Mets want to be in the postseason mix, this has to change immediately.

2. Getting The Finger

Separate finger injuries sent Noah Syndergaard to the disabled list and forced Steven Matz from his last start after the third inning.

These injuries have left the Mets searching for pitchers to provide starts for an already depleted pitching staff.

It’s also led to an already overworked bullpen to pitch completely on fumes, and we have seen the ensuing regression from a bullpen who was terrific to start the year.

Now, in a desperate need for fresh arms, the Mets are calling up the likes of Scott Copeland, who back in 2015, lost a game to a Mets lineup with Darrell Ceciliani, Dilson Herrera, and Ruben Tejada.

3. Nationals In First Place

So much for Mets fans schadenfreude.

With the Mets beating the Braves last night, and the Nationals beating the Orioles, the Nationals are in first place with Mets trailing them by 4.5 games.

Further complicating things is Daniel Murphy nearing his return to the lineup.

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