VIDEO: New York Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen talks to the media about the status of Yoenis Céspedes, along with thoughts from Manager Luis Rojas and Pitcher David Peterson after the team’s tough 4-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves on 8/2
The New York Mets (3-4) got some bad news and took a tough 4-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves (4-3) on Sunday afternoon. The bad news was that outfielder Yoenis Céspedes has elected not to play the rest of the season due to COVID-19 concerns.
This is a huge loss for New York, who were looking to Cespedes to potentially not only play in the outfielder but to fill the designated hitter position for the team this season. Things had looked really great for Cespedes who hit a home run on Opening Day and played in eight of the last nine for the Mets. Céspedes was one of the many bats that have been struggling for New York, as he had a .161 average with two home runs and 15 strikeouts in 34 plate appearances.
New York struggled a ton on offense in the latest loss to the Braves, the team as a whole stranded multiple runners through the first four innings, and 13 in total against five Brave pitchers. The team finished 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position and as a result of that dropped their fifth straight game.
The Mets have been getting some great quality pitching and that includes the performance from David Peterson, who struck out eight batters in six innings pitched. The bats for New York have completely gone cold as it seems as if the team as a whole is pressing to get the key hit needed to win the ballgame.
It has been a tough start for the guys who in addition to dropping five straight games they also lost three of them to a key division rival. This is a fast season and the team will need to start picking up some victories for not only momentums sake but also to help build confidence.
The team as a whole will have one last shot to start to turn their offensive season around against the Braves tomorrow (August 3) with the game time set for 7:10 p.m. On the mound for New York will be Jacob deGrom (0-0, 1.64 ERA), who tossed a quality start against the Boston Red Sox going six innings and striking out four. In his last outing against the Braves on 7/24 Jacob tossed five innings striking out eight. deGrom will be taking on Michael Soroka (0-0, 1.59 ERA), who is pitching very well for the Braves. The game will air on the FS1 and SNY networks for fans to check out the action from home.
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