ATLANTA — On Monday night, the Mets’ past “good fortune” against the Braves evaporated.
Not only were the Mets humiliated by the team that posed the greatest threat to their hopes of winning the NL East, but for the second consecutive game, a crucial player was injured.
This was added to the rotation. Carlos Carrasco was gripping his left side as he exited the dugout tunnel after the second inning of the Mets’ 13-1 loss to the Braves at Truist Park.
The Mets placed Luis Guillorme on the injured list with a “moderate” left groyne strain just hours before Carrasco was diagnosed with “left-side tightness.” Guillorme, who left Sunday’s game with an injury, is expected to miss the next four to six weeks.
Tuesday, imaging will be performed on Carrasco’s left side, after which the Mets will assess if he can take his next turn in the rotation.
Carrasco stated that his discomfort was caused solely by his final pitch of the evening: “It simply became a little tight and I didn’t want to push any farther.”
After finishing the 2nd inning, Carlos Carrasco appeared to grab his side and go to the clubhouse.
Carrasco initially came back out following a 55-minute rain delay in Atlanta. pic.twitter.com/LdWlKpk5HQ
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The manager observed that Carrasco continued to throw during the delay to maintain his flexibility. After an expected restart time had been announced, Carrasco played catch in the batting cage and threw several pitches from the bullpen.
Showalter remarked, “It was less than an hour, and he basically continued pitching.” “It’s not as if he was sitting around all the time, at least not as much as their person.”
Eight days after giving four earned runs over two and two-thirds innings in a defeat to the Mets at Citi Field, Braves rookie pitcher Spencer Strider referred to the home team’s “luck” with well-placed singles.
This time, Strider fared better, allowing one earned run on three hits over five innings to help the Braves close to within four and one-half games of the Mets. After the rain delay, the Braves right-handed pitcher returned to the mound.
Carrasco returned after an absence and walked Dansby Swanson prior to retiring Austin Riley. Carrasco was replaced by Joely Rodriguez for the third inning.
Carrasco stated, “I’ve had a lot of things, but this is the first time I’ve felt something like this.”
The Mets are scheduled to face the Phillies in a doubleheader on Saturday, with Carrasco scheduled to pitch the other game. If Carrasco is unable to pitch, Trevor Williams might start for the Mets.
Carrasco allowed three earned runs in the second inning, which featured consecutive home runs by William Contreras and Eddie Rosario. After Mark Canha dropped Ronald Acuna Jr.’s fly ball to left field, another run scored.
In the fourth inning, the Braves took control of the game by scnoring twice against Rodriguez and Adonis Medina. Acuna’s RBI double put the Mets in a 4-0 hole following Vaughn Grissom’s single and his subsequent steal of third base on Michael Harris’ slow grounder. Swanson then drove in a run with a single.
In the fifth inning, Jeff McNeil’s leadoff double and Eduardo Escobar’s groundout scored a run for the Mets. Due to Acuna’s throwing error, McNeil had reached third on his shot to the right-center corner.
In the sixth inning, Medina and Mychal Givens were pounded for eight runs. The decisive blow in the inning was a three-run home run by Travis d’Arnaud against Givens that increased the Braves’ lead to 13-1. D’Arnaud had reached on a fielding mistake by Escobar to start the inning. Additionally, Harris, Acuna, Swanson, and Matt Olson got run-scoring hits during the inning.
In the seventh inning, with the Mets behind by 12 runs, first baseman Darin Ruf was pressed into relief duty and pitched a perfect inning. In the ninth, Ruf returned to the mound and allowed one hit with no runs scored.