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Mets Playoff Hopes Fade in 7-0 Loss to Braves

VIDEO:  New York Mets Manager Luis Rojas along with stars Rick Porcello and Brandon Nimmo share their thoughts after the team’s 7-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves in MLB action on 9/20

The New York Mets (24-29) playoff hopes faded away on Sunday afternoon, with a 7-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves (31-22) in Major League Baseball action. Rick Porcello had a solid start for the Mets, going seven innings, striking out 10 batters and giving up three hits.

New York now sits in 11th place in the National League East and are 2 1/2 games back from a playoff spot. In order to make it the Mets will need to win at least six of their remaining seven games to have a shot at October.

This is when the phrase, ‘You Gotta Believe” rings true, as Manager Luis Rojas will try to figure out how to piece together a contending team and get this very resilient squad to one of those remaining Playoff Spots.

On this day Porcello was just out pitched by Braves starter Kyle Wright, who allowed only one hit. One of the biggest keys to any success this Mets team will have if they want any hopes is trying to jump start this mighty offense that has plenty of pop and just needs to start heating up if they want any chance at playing in October.

New York will now head to Tampa Bay, where they have a three-game series against the Rays starting on Monday. Taking the mound for the Mets will be Jacob deGrom (4-1, 2.09 ERA) who will take on Pete Fairbanks (5-3, 2.74 ERA). deGrom will return to the starting rotation after suffering a right hamstring spasm injury, the righty has two starts left to make a push at winning a third straight NL Cy Young Award, and a great performance against the Rays will assist him with that. For Fairbanks, he will be making his 25th appearance of the season and second as an opener. In his last start Fairbanks struck out two in his lone inning.

The Mets have not had a chance to see Fairbanks yet, and can expect for the majority of the game to be pitched by Josh Fleming. The game between the Mets and the Rays is set for 7:10 p.m. with the action airing on the SNY Network.

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