Statistically, the Mets own one of baseball’s best offenses. They entered Sunday’s play leading the Majors in batting average and ranked seventh in runs per game, though those marks do not represent a clear analysis of the team. Whether it’s with runners in scoring position or simply in close situations, the Mets have struggled to score when it has mattered most.
So it went on Sunday, when the Mets finally received an excellent start from Rick Porcello but could not offer him a single run of support. The team mustered only one hit off Braves starter Kyle Wright en route to a 7-0 loss at Citi Field.
Former Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud gave the Braves breathing room with a two-run double off Jeurys Familia in the eighth.
The Mets are now 24-29, and cannot lose again if they wish to end the season above .500. Realistically, they can afford perhaps one more loss — two at the most, but even that is unlikely — if they want to make the playoffs.