The Mets proved to be a different team even in defeat

It was the top of the second half, the Citi Field scoreboard said the Atlanta 8 and Mets 0 you can at least enjoy the fact that the team at least won’t need Edwin Diaz for this game.

But even if the closest is not available 24 hours after he scored the first six of his career savings Thursday’s 6-4 victory over the braveIt looked as if it would be as useless as hand warmers at Jones Beach this week.

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So the Mets rallied to make it 8-5 for fifth. The Mets even brought the linkage track to the board in the sixth. The Mets even put 16 men on base from two through nine.

Until you get caught thinking, well, Seth Lugo can shut down.

In the end, Lugo was not necessary in What became a 9-6 defeat?. No rounding needed. But the fact that the Mets keep coming and going, that wasn’t a huge surprise to a group that had all the possibilities right in front of them.

“Our guys kept grinding,” manager Buck Showalter said after the Braves cut his side’s 3-game lead. “We managed to reach a very good marksman [Kyle Wright] on me [Thursday] And they were able to get into a very good marksman tonight.”

Darren Rove hooks up on a double RBI in the fifth inning.
Darren Rove hooks up on a double RBI in the fifth inning.
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That would be Taiguan Walker, who can be counted on during the year, who only faced 12 hitters. Nine reliably accessed rule, including one relating to a pitch error. He made eight runs on seven hits, which allowed him to run two home runs and two doubles while hitting the bat. His ERA jumped from 2.79 to 3.45.

“It wasn’t a good day for me,” Walker said. “I don’t want it to happen in a big series like this, but it did. I didn’t do my job and the bulls had to wear it, which I’m not proud of.”

Most of the season’s happy feed has its roots in alternation. In fact, Mets starters have scored a 2.01 ERA since Max Scherzer’s July 5 return from the injured list.

That was before Friday’s misadventure in which Walker became the first club player to last less than five rounds since David Peterson – who started Saturday’s double-header opener day and night before Max Scherzer entered Game 2 – lasted only 3²/in Cincinnati On the 6th of July.

But disaster was averted when Trevor Williams took the baton from Walker and was able to carry it during the fifth inning. Meanwhile, the Braves were forced to go to five relief bowlers in a match they led by eight runs in the blink of an eye.

In other words, it could have been worse.

Taijuan Walker reacts after being taken out of the game.
Taijuan Walker reacts after being taken out of the game.
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The Mets have held the top spot for 120 days and have been single-handedly at the top of the division since April 12. 114-48 The 1998 Yankees were No. 1 for 152 days. 108-54 The 1986 Mets were at the start for 170 days. 62 days left and 56 games left.

Showalter, whose team is going to Atlanta for four games starting on August 15, said: “You start to see the finish line and you see that the number of games left starts with ‘5.’ There are changes and different things I do.”

Like Diaz on Thursday.

These aren’t the 2020 and 2021 Mets Luis Rojas and these aren’t Mickey Callaway’s 2018 and 2019 Mets. But the truth is, these aren’t the Mets Showalter of two weeks ago, either.

Because the Mets added four players in Daniel Vogelbach, Tyler Naquin, Darin Ruf and Mychal Givens by the deadline with Jacob deGrom revitalizing for the first time this season and following that up by restoring James McCann to the active roster for almost the first time. Month. Trevor May is back in the pen after three months of treatment with interleukin.

Both Vogelbach and Naken scored twice at home. Rove, whose full name appears to be short of a few consonants, broke twice in the fifth inning on his Mets debut to net the team within 8-4.

This represents a change of more than a quarter of the list. That’s almost a disruption for a team that on Friday entered 29 games of the season above 0.500. It lengthens the list and gives Showalter more weapons and options. But there is always the possibility that multiple moves can disrupt team harmony. Scientific experiments, Yu.

“The schedule dictates you every day, you try to give your best but also think about doing things that make you a good, well-managed team,” Showalter said. “It is one thing to have something you want to benefit from but [a player] also [has] To be able to play enough to be able to make it happen.”

The Mets have embraced change. Mets are change. One night when the shooter explodes, that doesn’t change.