Brian Devine | Metsmerized Online- Freddie Freeman once again crushed the Mets hopes with an excellent performance during last night’s loss to Atlanta.“Freddie has been a thorn in our side,” Wright said. “I wasn’t expecting to see him. He came in and single-handedly beat us. So I’ll be glad to get rid of him. That’s why he is who he is. It just seems like he elevates his game against us.” Wright appeared to have shouted expletives at him as he rounded the bases, but the Mets’ captain told reporters after the game that it was all in good fun.
(Chris Soto: How Chipper Jones was to the Mets in the 90's, Freddie Freeman is to the current Mets generation. In his career, Freeman has a .291 AVG with an .873 OPS against them including 15 HRs and 64 RBI. What really crazy is; As bad as the Mets have it....The Nationals suffer worse from Freeman-itis. In 85 games played, Freeman is hitting a flat out ridiculous .342 AVG with a .922 OPS against the Nats. It will also be his 3rd straight season with an OPS over .825 which is 27% better than the league average. Boy it must be nice to have a consistent year in and year out stud in your line-up.....)
Kevin Kernan | New York Post- The Mets would be wise to heed the words of Yogi Berra. Like Yogi said: It ain’t over ’til it’s over. This isn’t Panic City, yet, but it’s not a good vibe around the Mets as they dropped two straight to the Braves and head out to play two more terrible teams — the Reds and Phillies — before finishing the season at home with a three-spot against the Nationals. The Mets can be thankful the Nationals continue to be chokers. “It’s always nice when that magic number shrinks,’’ David Wright said. “Ultimately, we’d like to play better and have that magic number shrink because we’re winning.’’ That would be nice. Right now, backing into the postseason is the favored mode of transportation for the Mets.
(Chris Soto: This is a very dangerous game the Mets are playing. With only 10 games left to go, the Mets need to start winning again here soon or else they will risk going into the playoff ice cold against the Top 2 SP in the National League in Clayton Kershaw and Zack Grienke. Right now, the hitting is cold, the bullpen is struggling, and the rotation is operating with no consistency as 7 guys are being juggled around in it.)
Paul Myron | Amazin Avenue- Mets manager Terry Collins laid out how the Mets plan to handle the starting rotation for the rest of the regular season. Bartolo Colon pitched Wednesday, Steven Matz, Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, and Jacob deGrom, will pitch in the series in Cincinnati. Jon Niese will then open up the series against the Phillies next Tuesday. The Mets will likely use this order for the remainder of the regular season. If the Mets stick to this plan, it would mean Syndergaard, Harvey, and deGrom would be slated to start in the final series against the Washington Nationals
(Chris Soto: What this means is...if the Mets can lock up the division before that final Nationals series, we will likely see Syndergaard and Harvey make abbreviated starts with Verrett and probably Niese piggybacking, and we'll likely see deGrom skipped completely with Colon taking the final start. This will set up the playoff rotation of deGrom, Harvey, and Syndergaard for the first 3 games @ the Dodgers, or, Syndergaard, deGrom, Harvey if the Mets can win home field advantage.)