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The New York Mets continued their success on Opening Day, winning their 39th opener out of 59 seasons played. Their winning percentage of .661 on Opening Day continues to be the best in Major League Baseball history. However, that would be the Mets’ only win of the series against the Atlanta Braves, as they suffered a tough extra innings loss on Saturday and a blowout on Sunday.

There are only 57 games left in the season, which doesn’t give the Mets too much time to figure out their offensive and defensive problems. Look to see the Mets turn it around this week, when they face the Boston Red Sox for a home-and-home series and head to Atlanta for a three-game series.

WEEK IN REVIEW

Atlanta Braves 0, New York Mets 1 
Friday. July 24th
Jacob deGrom pitched like his usually dominant self, going five innings while striking out eight. dGrom limited the Braves to just one hit. Yoenis Céspedes, playing in his first regular season game since July 2018, homered in the seventh. That would account for the only run of the game. The Mets’ bullpen combined for four innings, giving up just two hits while striking out seven. Edwin Díaz picked up his first save of the 2020 season.

Atlanta Braves 5, New York Mets 3 (10 innings) 
Saturday, July 25th
The Mets had the Braves down to their last strike before Marcell Ozuna hit a game-tying home run off of Edwin Díaz to send the game into extras. Extra innings, this year, are different. The Mets faltered in the 10th, as Hunter Strickland gave up three runs (two earned) while only retiring one batter in the inning. The Mets tried to come back in the bottom of the inning, but fell short. Steven Matz pitched well, throwing six innings and giving up just two hits and one run, while striking out seven. Michael Conforto went 3-for-3 in this one while Jeff McNeil, Ahmed Rosario, and Dominic Smith all had RBI hits for the Mets.


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Atlanta Braves 14, New York Mets 1 
Sunday, July 26th
In the series finale on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, the Mets did not look pretty to say the least. Rick Porcello only lasted 2-plus innings in his Mets’ debut, giving up seven runs (six earned), and walking three. Corey Oswalt and Paul Sewald gave up a combined seven runs as well. The Mets could only manage one run off the Braves in this one, with Brandon Nimmo having the lone RBI with a double in the second. Dansby Swanson led the Braves offensive explosion, going 3-for-5 with a homer, double, and five RBIs.

IN THE STANDINGS

NL East standings through July 26
Atlanta Braves 2-1
Miami Marlins 2-1
New York Mets 1-2 (1 GB)
Philadelphia Phillies 1-2 (1 GB)
Washington Nationals 1-2 (1 GB)

WHO’S HOT, WHO’S NOT

WHO’S HOT

Jacob deGrom, P
The 2-time NL Cy Young Award winner continued his dominance with a stellar start, striking out eight Braves hitters in five shutout innings while allowing just one hit. deGrom was limited to just 72 pitches on Opening Day, but look for him to go further in his next start.

Michael Conforto, OF
In his sixth season with the Mets, Conforto leads the team offensively so far in this shortened 2020 season. In the series against Atlanta, he went 4-for-8 (.500) with a double, a walk and a run scored.

Steven Matz, P
The Mets’ lone lefty in the rotation had an excellent first start to the season. Matz went six innings, giving up just two hits and a run, while walking one and striking out seven. Look for him to build on this start and continue his success throughout the season.

WHO’S NOT

Pete Alonso, 1B
2019 N.L Rookie of the Year Pete Alonso has struggled early offensively, going 1-for-11 (.091) against the Braves. Alonso struck out five times in the series. Look for him to get back on track against Boston.

Rick Porcello, P
In his first start as a New York Met, Porcello pitched a disappointing outing against the Braves. He went 2-plus innings, giving up seven hits and seven runs with six earned. Porcello also issued three walks and recorded a lone strikeout of Ronald Acuña Jr. Porcello said it best after the game: “It was a terrible performance. Two innings and seven runs does not do anything for our team or for anybody.”

J.D. Davis, 3B/LF 
J.D. Davis broke out in 2019 in a big way, hitting at a .307 clip in 140 games. However, his start in 2020 has not been great so far. In the series against Atlanta, he went 1-for-10 (.100) with two strikeouts. He also misplayed some fly balls during Sunday’s game that could have been caught had he taken a better route to the ball.

NEWS, NOTES, AND RECOGNITIONS

After the completion of Sunday’s game, the Mets announced that they would be optioning Corey Oswalt to their alternate training site in Brooklyn. The Mets will call up someone before Monday night’s game against the Red Sox. Oswalt pitched four innings of relief in Sunday’s 14-1 loss against the Braves.

UPCOMING THIS WEEK

Monday, July 27th: at Boston Red Sox, 7:35 P.M. ET (SNY/ESPN)
Tuesday, July 28th: at Boston Red Sox, 7:30 P.M. ET (SNY)
Wednesday, July 29th: vs. Boston Red Sox, 7:10 P.M. ET (SNY)
Thursday, July 30th: vs. Boston Red Sox, 7:07 P.M. ET (FOX)
Friday, July 31st: at Atlanta Braves, 7:10 P.M. ET (SNY)
Saturday, August 1st: at Atlanta Braves, 7:10 P.M. ET (SNY)
Sunday, August 2nd: at Atlanta Braves, 1:10 P.M. ET (SNY/TBS)