New York Mets

ATLANTA, GA - JULY 12: Adam Duvall #14 reacts with Travis d'Arnaud #16 of the Atlanta Braves hitting a two run home run during the seventh inning against the New York Mets at Truist Park on July 12, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)


The Mets offensive woes continued in Atlanta on Tuesday night in a 4-1 loss to the Braves, as Atlanta crawls back to within a game-and-a-half of first place in the NL East. Should Atlanta win Wednesday afternoon, they will only be a half game out of first place. This in a division where the Mets once enjoyed a 10.5 game lead over the defending World Series champions.

The only run the Mets scored against Spencer Strider came on a RBI triple by Francisco Lindor, scoring Brandon Nimmo in the top of the fifth inning. However with no Jeff McNeil, no Starling Marte and no James McCann in the lineup, the bottom half of the order suffered. Aside from Lindor, Nimmo, Mark Canha, and Pete Alonso, the Mets managed only three hits against Atlanta, and were a combined 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.

David Peterson, who held the Braves to only a hit through five innings, imploded in the sixth when he left a hanger over the middle of the plate to Matt Olson on a 2-2 count, and the lumbering first baseman launched the pitch over the center field wall, handing Atlanta a 2-1 lead.

An inning later, Adam Duvall would follow with a two-run jack to left off Seth Lugo to put the game out of reach at 4-1.

The Mets hope Chris Bassit is up to the challenge and sends New York to Chicago with a series victory on Wednesday.