Mets drop opener to Atlanta

delgado-ks-out.jpgThe Mets lost to the Braves, 6-3, as Mike Pelfrey never could get into a rhythm, walking three Braves in the first inning and allowing five runs in his 5.1 innings pitched.

The only two players on the team with hits against rookie pitcher Jair Jurrjens were Marlon Anderson (who filled in for the slumping Carlos Delgado) and Raul Casanova. Casanova got the start due to an infection in Brian Schneider’s thumb.

This team has limited chances to get RBIs, and when those chances roll around, the RBIs don’t come. A team with this much potential and players with such great hitting histories shouldn’t be falling down to these levels.

Scott Schoeneweis, Joe Smith, Pedro Feliciano, and Duaner Sanchez mopped up what was left of Pelfrey’s start. Smith was the only one of those four to give up a run. Wait, did I just say that Schoeneweis did not give up a run at home? Did I? Maybe I should look at that again. Wow, I am right. He actually did not give up a run at home. Maybe this will keep up.

Braves manager Bobby Cox was ejected for the first time this season following a David Wright walk to force in a run. The strike zone was unbelievably small at times, I’ll admit.

Next Mets Test

The Mets will continue the series against Atlanta with a 1pm game today at Shea Stadium.


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