The Atlanta Braves extended their winning streak to four games by defeating the New York Mets 7-5 on Wednesday. Michael Harris II, last year's National League Rookie of the Year, had an impressive inning, making a leaping catch to end the top of the eighth inning and hitting a home run in the bottom of the inning to help lead the Braves to victory. Nick Anderson was the winning pitcher, and A.J. Minter earned his eighth save.
The Mets, who have struggled to find consistency this season, suffered their fifth consecutive loss. The team's major league leader in home runs, Pete Alonso, left the game in the first inning after being hit by a pitch in the left wrist. X-rays were negative, and he is listed as day-to-day.
Meanwhile, New York Mets designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach has become a target for criticism from fans due to his underwhelming numbers this season. Despite understanding the pressure of the job, Vogelbach is determined to continue trying to help the team win. The Mets have scored four runs or fewer in seven consecutive games, making the decision to stick with Vogelbach more pronounced. Manager Buck Showalter has continued to back Vogelbach in the DH spot, leaving rookie Mark Vientos on the bench.
The Braves' win was crucial as they try to keep pace with the division-leading Dodgers. Meanwhile, the situation with Noah Syndergaard is looking untenable for the Dodgers for the full season, according to Scott Rogust.
In the unpredictable game of baseball, sometimes the matchups in the major leagues just aren't there, and everyone is trying to predict the future. But for now, the Braves have secured another win, and the Mets continue to search for consistency.