ATLANTA – The energy that had animated the Mets in their consecutive wins over the past three weeks was clearly missing Tuesday. But the bad night at the office was dull compared to the possibility that their best batter would be lost for a long time.
Jeff McNeil suffered a left leg injury while attempting to defeat a field champ in the ninth in the Mets vs Braves' 5-3 defeat at SunTrust Park. The manager, Mickey Callaway and Co., is waiting for a new evaluation to tell him where he wants to go. replay at any time.
McNeil, who beats at .332 – he started the second night at the NL – underwent an MRI exam Wednesday that should give the Mets more clarity.
"It did not feel good, but I do not think it's terrible," McNeil said. "We do not have a schedule. I guess we'll see what we feel in the morning. "
McNeil said that he felt the leg tighten before reaching the bag. It's the same hamstring that cost him 12 matches on the list of injured from May 22nd.
"It's zero," McNeil said. "The team plays well. I just want to contribute and I hope it's a very short thing and I'm going back to the field. "
The Mets IL already includes Robinson Cano (torn left hamstring), Dominic Smith (left foot stress reaction) and Brandon Nimmo (disc herniated neck).
That night, Zack Wheeler was flat and the training behind him was also unimpressive. The smothering of Georgian moisture in Georgia was a bluffing game, as the Mets were considering losing two games for the first time since their rebirth.
The Mets (61-58) had not lost twice in a row since the Giants beat them in consecutive heat games on July 18-19. Since then, the Mets were aged 17 to 4, a series of consecutive wins of eight and eight. Games. The defeat brought the Mets two games back in the race for the second Wild Card NL.
Although the Mets tried to make a match against the brave Braves, the important rally they needed became a thin net in the eighth, while Anthony Swarzak dropped the hitter-coach Joe Panik with goals tied. The Mets scored twice in the inning, which included Juan Lagares' fourth hit in a four-on-four night, a RBI single under Freddie Freeman. In addition to Swarzak, another former Mets reliever was a big hit in the inning as Jerry Blevins prompted Michael Conforto to choose the defensive player. In the ninth, Mark Melancon was perfect to save the save.
After 15 innings without points at the start of the second half, Wheeler hit the mark, allowing five earned runs on 12 hits and two walks in five innings. The right-hander was retired after 91 shots.
"I just did not have it tonight," said Wheeler. "It stinks, we're on this race and I just did not have a chance to win, the office kept us in and those guys kept fighting, but I take this one and this one is on me.
Wheeler's only easy run was the third, when he had Charlie Culberson play a double game. The Braves extended their lead to 4-1 in the fourth, while Ronald Acuna Jr. kicked off the game on a fast fastball. Acuna's counterpart was his 34th this season as he continued to linger in the conversation with the National League MVP.
In the fifth, Ender Inciarte scored a 3-0 goal and hit a first-place scorer who scored twice for the RBI, bringing the deficit to 5-1.
Double of Max Fried's lineup in the second on a ball, J.D. Davis could not handle a rebound, which led the Braves to take a 3-1 lead over Josh Donaldson's single RBI. Wheeler faced eight batters in the first inning, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk.
Left-handed Fried frustrated the Mets by allowing a deserved point on six hits and three walks in six innings.
"We have not given up tonight," Callaway said. "We made it interesting and we made them use relief agents that they probably did not want to use, which helps us to [Wednesday]. "