Mets and Braves fight to finish at NL East


The crowd was a little sleepy. The Mets were even more sleepy.

The Queens team still controls its own destiny, but if the Mets continue to play like they did on Tuesday night, they might as well make plans for the wild card round, in which they would likely face the Padres, who just woke up from their own sleep.

The Mets’ sleepwalking effort resulted in a 6-4 loss to the Marlins, who certainly didn’t look like the team that’s neck and neck with the Pirates at the bottom of every major National League batting category. The loss tied the Mets atop the National League East with the Braves (8-2 winners over the Nationals), who once trailed the division by 10½ games and raised the specter they would overcome the Put again.

While the Mets hold a 9-7 advantage in the season series, the Braves hold a few other advantages. Obviously, they are the defending World Series champions. The last time the Mets won the World Series was in 1986 (or 5747 on the Jewish calendar, it was Rosh Hashanah Tuesday after all). That was long enough before every Met was born except Max Scherzer, Adam Ottavino and Darin Ruf.

But perhaps even more vital right now, the Mets need to travel after Wednesday’s game in Atlanta for a three-game series that has a decent chance of deciding things. To complicate matters, a hurricane that was last heading for the Gulf Coast is expected to inundate the Atlanta area later this week, putting part of the series in jeopardy and raising suspicions among some Mets that the Braves won’t do the right thing. before they do anything. One possibility might be to move the series to a drier location, but no home team likes to give up the gate.

Mets players watch from the dugout during the ninth inning against the Marlins, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, in Queens.
Mets players watch from the dugout during the ninth inning against the Marlins.
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Braves right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) celebrates as he rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Nationals in the seventh inning at Nationals Park.
Braves right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) celebrates as he rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Nationals.
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It’s the path of the intradivisional rivalry that has been mostly dominated by the Braves since Chipper Jones entered the league over a generation ago. Mets fans used to taunt him with chants of “Lar-ry.” Of course, that never worked out, as Larry Wayne Jones Jr. continued to dismantle the Mets. He had the last laugh, thrashing the Mets in the 1999 NLCS, and later naming his first-born Shea.

For those who still have fond memories, there was the time Atlanta manager Bobby Cox, the day after the Mets’ 2002 pot problem was exposed on the pages of Newsday, sent a light reliever with the surname “Bong” up to bat. Cox later claimed it was a coincidence. But we think we know better.

Even when the Mets seemed to put one on the Braves, like when they signed future Hall of Famer Tom Glavine, it didn’t work out well. Glavine built his career at Cooperstown in Atlanta, and all he’s remembered for in Queens is giving up seven first-inning runs to the then-Marlins on Sept. 30, 2007, with the playoffs on the line. and chipped a tooth during a rough taxi ride in New York.

Mark Canha of the Mets reacts after being out in the ninth inning against the Marlins.
Mark Canha reacts after being out in the ninth inning against the Marlins.
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Either way, it looks like the Braves always have the last word.

No one was smiling at Citi Field during a sparsely attended game, except of course for this creepy smiling lady who was there to sit in the front row, put on a creepy smile, watch on the field and collect publicity for the upcoming horror movie, “The Smile.” She was eventually removed from her seat facing the pitcher. But it could not be confirmed if it was the work of Mets manager Buck Showalter, who couldn’t have been in very good spirits after having to put up with being a guest on The Post podcast. “The Show” in the morning, worrying about the rains coming to Atlanta throughout the day, then watching the horror show produced by the Mets at night.

Without Pete Alonso smashing his 40th home run, scoring three more runs to bring his league-leading total to a franchise-record 131, the whole day would have been a whitewash. Chants of “MVP” rang out, and while they weren’t shouted with the same kind of conviction you hear in the Bronx for Aaron Judge, there’s certainly some merit to his case for a report card. vote.

Alonso must sometimes feel a bit like Judge felt during the scorching days of August when he tried to carry the Yankees on his back.

The Mets were heavy that day. A handful of boos were heard a few times as Mets starter Carlos Carrasco gave the lightweight Marlins a points week, putting the game out of reach.

There was base traffic in all three innings pitched by Carrasco, who is a candidate to be the Mets’ fourth playoff starter with Taijuan Walker, who starts Wednesday. Of course, if this continues, neither will be needed in Game 1 of the playoffs for the Mets. The joker trick is a best of three.

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