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Mets 4, Braves 3: Hey, What's that? Look Over There!

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Mets 4, Braves 3 Lots of things about this game sucked. Very few things about this game ruled. Tim Hudson came out after 3 innings again; no one's saying he's injured, so we have to hope he was simply inexplicably terrible today. Chipper sat out the game with back spasms, which Bobby described by saying, "He can hardly breathe." Martin Prado played third, grabbed two hits (the team only got six hits all day), and flew out to the warning track against Billy Wagner in the 9th; a few more feet, and we would have tied the game, but it was that kind of afternoon. Yunel was out because he injured his fingernail trying to bunt last night, and so we just have to hope and pray he'll be healthy soon. (He pinchran for McCann in the 8th inning and was promptly erased on a Francoeur double play.) Yunel was replaced by Brent Lillibridge, who's batting .195 at Richmond, and who went 0-3 in his major league debut. Welcome to the Show, kid. The one bright spot was undoubtedly the bullpen, which pitched 5 scoreless innings, giving up only 2 hits and 2 walks, striking out 6. Jorge Campillo was particularly impressive, striking out 4 in a hitless 2 innings. He's now got 11 K and 4 BB in 11 1/3 innings, with a 0.79 ERA -- I don't know how you're doing it, Jorge, but keep doing what you're doing. Also, John Maine came out after only 5 innings, and our announcers speculated he may have injured something. It remains to be seen how serious it is, but the Mets are already handing the ball to Nelson Figueroa every 5th day. They can't afford for another starter to go down. Clearly, this lineup is useless without Chipper and Yunel. Get well soon, guys. The injuries necessitated a few roster moves which I'm not so sure about: Lillibridge replaced Stockman, whom I was looking forward to seeing in our pen instead of Resop, and so that Lilli would have room on the 40-man, they DFA'd Zach Schreiber, who has a career 2.63 ERA in the minors, and who I would also rather see in our pen than Resop. Speaking of Figueroa, we'll face him tomorrow. We'd better beat him. (P.S. Yes, we lost this game by one run. That makes us 0-8, and the only team in the majors that hasn't won a one-run game. By this point, I imagine the players are aware of the situation, and probably pressing, which doesn't help. All we can do is hope that Chipper and Yunel get back soon, and score enough runs that it doesn't matter.)

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