Z-Cap: Braves 1 Mets 0

The New York Mets were defeated 1-0 by the Atlanta Braves on Saturday afternoon dropping to 72-80 in the process. NY will need to win seven of it’s last ten games to equal last years mark of 79-83 and to finish the season at .500, they will need win nine out of ten:

Less the 24 hours after tying a season high 20 hits and putting up a 12 spot in the series opener, the Mets were shut out and held to just four hits by Braves starter Tim Hudson and closer Craig Kimbrel:

One Bad Pitch:

R.A. Dickey exchanges shut out frames with Hudson until Mets killer Chipper Jones drove in the games lone run in the bottom of the eighth.  With runners on the corners and two outs, Dickey (or manager Terry Collins) elected to pitch to Chipper and the future hall of famer made the two regret their decision.  Jones ripped a 2-2 pitch back up the box plating Jason Heyward — who walked to open the frame — to give the Atlanta staff all the run support they would require. It should be noted that on-deck hitter, Dan Uggla was 0-21 lifetime versus Dickey.

Despite falling to 8-13 on the season, Dickey turned his his 11th consecutive quality start while lowering his season ERA to 3.35 in the process.  Dickey is 4-6 allowing 32 earned runs over 99 innings (2.90 ERA) dating back to July 3rd:

 

Laaaa-Rryyyyyy:

For Jones, the RBI marked his 153rd against the Mets, trailing only Willie Stargell (182) and Mike Schmidt (162) on the all-time list.  It also marked the 39th go-ahead hit versus NY:

Chipper Jones gets his 39th go-ahead hit vs the #Mets ... Only Willie Stargell has more, with 40. (thanks @ ) #Braves
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Mark Simon

Batting Title Tracker:

Jose Reyes finished the game 0-for-3 seeing his average dip to .332.  At the time of this post, Ryan Braun was 1-for-1 with an RBI in his game versus the Reds raising his average to .331.

There’s Always Tomorrow:

The Mets are back at it tomorrow afternoon at 1:10 pm when they send Dillon Gee (12-6, 4.37 ERA) to the mound to face right-hander Brandon Beachy (7-2, 3.43 ERA).

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