Braves rally for win over Mets
ATLANTA — After watching Mark Melancon nearly blow a four-run, ninth-inning lead for the second time in four games, Braves manager Brian Snitker was feeling much more relieved than celebratory after surviving a 6-4 win over the Mets on Wednesday night at SunTrust Park.
“We’re out here to win games,”
ATLANTA — After watching
“We’re out here to win games,” Snitker said. “We’re not out here trying to do anything other than that, however we’ve got to do it. We shot ourselves in the foot a couple times, but we were able to play around it.”
The Braves produced their latest late-inning eruption with the five-run seventh tallied against
“We’re not even clicking on all cylinders, and we’re still winning,” Braves left-hander
The Braves’ bullpen has produced a 6.92 ERA since three key relievers — Melancon,
Still, the Braves have maintained a six-game lead over the Nationals and they now sit 10 games in front of the Mets, who had won 15 of 17 before dropping the first two games of this three-game series. The Braves’ bid to defend their National League East title has been strengthened by the success they’ve had against division foes over the past few months.
Here are the records in head-to-head matchups between the NL East’s four playoff hopefuls (everyone but the Marlins) dating back to June 1: Braves 18-9, Nationals 10-9, Phillies 10-12 and the Mets 5-13.
Even though it feels a lot has gone wrong lately, the Braves have won six of their past eight games. Per Fangraphs, they have a 84.4 percent chance to win the division and a 99.5 percent chance to earn a playoff berth.
Here are three takeaways from what became an ugly win:
Bullpen shows signs of hope, then slips
It looked like the tide might be turning when the Braves received a perfect eighth from Greene, who had retired just 10 of the 25 batters he’d faced since being acquired from the Tigers. His struggles led Snitker to give the closer’s role to Melancon, who made four scoreless appearances before squandering a four-run, ninth-inning lead in Saturday’s 10-inning loss to the Marlins.
Melancon was handed the same 6-2 advantage against the Mets and then began to unravel as he allowed four straight one-out hits, including consecutive RBI singles by
The Braves have used
As Swanson has taken much longer than anybody expected to recover from a bruised right heel suffered on July 23, Camargo’s reduced range has steadily become more concerning. His inability to field Rosario’s two-out grounder allowed
Camargo also fumbled a double-play feed
“That’s a big hole when you lose your shortstop,” Snitker said. “We’ll do it with the couple guys we have.”
Lugo allowed the Braves five hits and the only out he recorded came via a
Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.