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David Peterson unravels against Braves before rain shortens Mets’ fifth loss in six games

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David Peterson got socked just before Citi Field got soaked.

It was game, set and match in a case of bad timing for the Mets, who wasted their limited opportunities against Max Fried in a 4-0 loss to the Braves.

The game was called following a rain delay before the sixth inning.

The Mets lost for the fifth time in six games, a night after they barely avoided getting swept by the woeful Nationals.

And with rain in the forecast for the next two days it’s anybody’s guess when the Mets will receive an opportunity to right their course.

Ideally, the teams will play at least once over the weekend and squeeze in a doubleheader on Monday, when the forecast is clear and a day game scheduled.

Peterson’s night unraveled in the fifth, when he surrendered a three-run homer to Matt Olson that buried the Mets in a 4-0 hole.


David Peterson has now allowed six homers in the last three games.
Robert Sabo for the NY Post

The homer was the sixth allowed by Peterson in his last three games.

“[Peterson] was a pitch away from getting out of there and wasn’t able to finish it,” manager Buck Showalter said. “It was a tough night to pitch and I was really proud of the command he had with the slick, wet ball.”

For the left-hander it was a third straight shaky start and fourth in his last five appearances.

The Mets hope to within days return Max Scherzer (suspension) and Justin Verlander (injured list) to the rotation and Peterson (7.34 ERA) would appear headed toward a demotion.

Eddie Rosario singled to start the rally in the fifth and after Kevin Pillar doubled, the Mets brought in the infield with one out.

Michael Harris II hit a grounder that Brett Baty snagged and turned into a throw out at the plate as Rosario attempted to score from third.


The Mets and the Braves entered a rain delay before the sixth inning.
The Mets and the Braves entered a rain delay before the sixth inning.
Robert Sabo for the NY Post

But Ronald Acuna Jr. followed with an RBI single for the game’s first run before Olson hit a 461-foot rocket to right-center that left the bat at 110.9 mph.

“I felt like I had all my pitches and like I was executing and I missed my spot on a fastball to Acuna and my spot on a slider to Olson,” Peterson said.

Much of Peterson’s trouble has come against lefties: five of his eight homers allowed this season have been to left-handed batters.

Entering play, lefties owned a 1.153 OPS against him.


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The Mets' game against the Braves was called after an 88-minute rain delay.
The Mets’ game against the Braves was called after an 88-minute rain delay.
Robert Sabo for the NY Post

“He established the fastball down and away and the breaking ball was strike to ball and he was effective against those guys,” Showalter said. “But he got burned there with one to Olson that wasn’t [located]. It’s been a challenge for him against the good left-handed hitters. That is the case up here. Left-handed hitters that stay in the lineup against left-handed starters handle them well.”

Fried didn’t provide the Mets with many opportunities.

Jeff McNeil walked in the second inning and stole second, but was left stranded.

Baty, Pete Alonso and Francisco Alvarez singled in the third, fourth and fifth innings, respectively, but advanced no further.

The Mets were shut out for the fifth time this season on a night Fried’s ERA dropped to 0.45 — the lowest mark by a Braves pitcher (minimum 20 innings) through four games in the franchise’s Atlanta era.

Along the way Fried has thrown 18 consecutive scoreless innings.

Brandon Nimmo struck out to end the fifth and the tarp was hurried onto the field with rain falling.

After an 88-minute delay, the game was called.

Showalter said he was hopeful the game would resume given that Fried would be removed and the Braves had used their bullpen extensively the previous day.

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