MLB Standings: New York Mets Lose Ground in Wild Card Race

By E Sarmiento, Posted: 09/21/16 06:17AM EDT
Atlanta Braves v New York Mets
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: Jerry Blevins #39 of the New York Mets reacts after being taken out of the game against the Atlanta Braves on September 20, 2016 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.(Photo : Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Atlanta Braves ace Julio Teheran is proving to be the New York Mets' kryptonite. In 29 innings against the Mets, the right-handed pitcher is recording a 0.90 ERA. He retired 15 of the last 16 batters put forth by the Mets on Tuesday night's game.

Tehran only gave up five hits during his time on the mound. It was a sparkling seven innings for Teheran, who only allowed a single run, and completely shut out New York. The Colombian pitcher improved his record against the Mets to 7-3, lifetime, and even an eighth inning rally from the Mets was not enough to catch up to the surging Braves.

"Every time I face them, I've got a plan," Teheran said in a postgame interview. The young pitcher previously threw a one-hit shutout in Citi Field last June and is 2-0 against New York this year.

With the win, the Braves recorded their fourth win in a row, two against the NL East leaders Washington, and the two against the Mets. The Braves are already out of contention for the wildcard phase but are surely making the final days of the regular season more interesting. Even with a 60-91 record, interim manager Brian Snitker likes his team's approach heading into next season.

"We're playing like we're fighting for the division," he said. The Braves have a chance to win the season series against the Mets, as they've tied their head to head games 9-9, going into the last game of the season in Citi Park. Another loss would also derail the Mets' hopes of clinching a wild card berth.

The Mets are tied with the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals in the wild card standings with similar 80-71 records. After a promising start in September, the Mets once again find themselves struggling for wins, as mental lapses from players cost them a winnable game.

Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce's miscommunication cost the Mets the lead in the sixth inning, when Braves slugger Matt Kemp popped a soft fly ball near the two outfielders, but neither went for the catch as both didn't seem to lay claim to the ball. Bruce has had a rough first two months as a Met since being traded from the Cincinnati Reds, and was the center of most of the questions after the game. Granderson did own up to the error, however, even with Mets fans seemingly fed up with Bruce's play.

"It was my ball to be had if I could get to it, but I thought I was probably going to have to dive for it and I wasn't 100 percent sure if I was going to be able to catch it," Granderson said. "Jay, being the right fielder, is waiting for me to say something, and I didn't."

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