Another great Bartolo outing, another win.
What looked like a game that was surely going to be postponed due to rain turned out to be the Mets’ fourth win in a row, improving their lead over the Nationals to 7.5 games.
Colon allowed two runs on seven hits tonight-only striking out two. As if his 30+ scoreless inning streak wasn’t enough, Bartolo even added an RBI single to help his own cause.
The Mets tagged Braves’ starter Shelby Miller for three runs, coming on a two-RBI double by rookie catcher Kevin Plawecki in addition to Colon’s base hit. Once the horrible Braves bullpen was called upon, all the wheels fell off, as lefty Andrew McKirahan was the only pitcher to throw a scoreless outing. Juan Uribe drove in three off the bullpen, with an RBI single in the seventh inning and a 2-RBI double off Ryan Kelly in the ninth.
On a night that Hansel Robles, Tyler Clippard, and Jeurys Familia were all unavailable, the Mets bullpen was still a formidable force. Dario Alvarez pitched a very effective 1 1/3 innings before Addison Reed closed it out in the ninth, proving themselves as important fixtures in this September bullpen.
Two rookies will face off in tomorrow’s 7:35pm game in Atlanta, as the Mets will have Steven Matz (2-0, 1.89 ERA) on the mound against Matt Wisler (5-6, 5.81 ERA) for the Bravos. Matz, making his second start since coming off the Disabled List, and the Mets offense will hope to take advantage of a struggling Matt Wisler, who has worked to a 9.49 ERA in his past seven starts despite his status as a highly-regarded prospect.