New York Mets at Atlanta Braves Series Recap

Well, no one can accuse the Braves of not making things interesting going down the stretch. With the race for the National League wildcard spot in its final stages, the Braves dropped two of three games to the New York Mets.

As of now, Atlanta sits 3.5 games ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals with nine games left to play. Here are some notes from this weekend's series.

Ruben Tejada had a field day this weekend against Atlanta. During the series, he went 5-10 at the plate with six RBI's, including four in the series finale.

Jason Heyward started only two games in the series, but went 3-7 at the plate with two walks against the Mets. 

Friday was the tale of two different pitchers. Mets starter Chris Capuano threw well against Atlanta again, giving up two runs in five innings while striking out six. Derek Lowe on the other hand, pitched terribly. Lowe lasted only 2.1 innings, giving up nine hits and six runs. The Braves need Lowe to improve by leaps and bounds and fast.

David Wright recorded four hits over the three-game series, but two of those were home runs in game one of the series. 

Tim Hudson was dominant Saturday afternoon, striking out ten in eight innings of work, earning a win when Atlanta badly needed it. 

Sunday was the first time all season that Craig Kimbrel and Jonny Venters have given up a run in the same game. I wouldn't expect it to happen too many more times. 

Brian McCann went 1-9 during the series. Atlanta can't afford for that to keep up as it attempts to lockdown the wildcard.

Up next:

Atlanta heads to Florida for a three-game series against the Marlins. The Braves magic number sits at seven with nine games to play. 

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