NEW YORK — On paper, the Mets boast Major League Baseball’s most favorable schedule down the stretch, playing their final 16 games against sub-.500 opponents. It’s their get-out-of-jail-free card, their golden ticket back to October.
But the last-place Braves are doing their best to ensure reality unfolds a bit differently. Atlanta knocked Noah Syndergaard out of Monday night’s series opener in the fourth inning, tagging him for five runs in a 7-3 win over the Mets. The loss put New York at risk of losing ground to the Giants and Cardinals, who entered Monday’s play within one and two games, respectively, of the Mets in the National League Wild Card race.
Freeman’s solo homer
ATL@NYM: Freeman goes deep to extend hitting streak
Freddie Freeman belts an opposite-field solo shot to left to extend his hitting streak to 23 consecutive games and extend the Braves’ lead
It was Swanson who opened the scoring off Syndergaard with a second-inning single, before Freeman broke things open with a home run in the third and a two-run double in the fourth.
Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York and covered the Braves on Monday.
This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Source: Mets News / Syndergaard, Mets pelted by plucky Braves