Mets barely lose, but first place Braves drop third straight

As the Mets were in the process of losing their series finale against the Detroit Tigers, I was in the broadcast booth at Cooperstown All-Star Village. I was the color commentator for the Week 2 Championship Game at All-Star Village alongside John Horne, who handled the play-by-play duties. To watch the entire game, complete with pre-game conducted by yours truly, click here.

With that, I was unable to witness the Mets’ 6-5 loss at home, but I’ll provide a few notes. Starter Hisanori Takahash had a rough start, allowing a run early on and then some more later before he departed in the fifth. This doesn’t bode well for Takahashi’s already unlikely dream of remaining a starter in the Mets’ organization. The Mets see him as a reliever, and it may only be a matter of time before he is back in the bullpen. Takahasi was a decent reliever early in the season before he was inserted into the starting rotation last month.

Takahasi may remain in the rotation for longer than expected, however, as it is believed that the Mets will be shutting down ailing right hander John Maine. Maine struggled through his first few starts of the season as he was unable to touch 90 miles per hour on the radar gun. He found himself on the disabled list with arm weakness and has never returned since.

Tonight was a great chance for the Mets to leapfrog the Atlanta Braves and take sole possession of first place, but the Mets have won so many games lately that it was no surprise that they finally had an off day. Thankfully for the Mets, Atlanta has struggled as of late and the Braves have dropped three straight.

The Mets will begin a series with the Twins tomorrow night at Citi Field.

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