Braves starter Spencer Strider didn't have one of his better outings on Sunday against the Mets, but the rookie right-hander wasn't especially impressed by New York's lineup.
Instead, Strider chalked it up to Lady Luck smiling on the Amazin's.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Strider said the Mets were enjoying both good fortune and some favorable umpiring on Sunday.
"A lot of weird hits," Strider said of the Mets' offense. "They seem to be having a lot of luck right now offensively. That’s great. It’s August. (We’ll) see what things are like in October.”
Strider lasted just 2 2/3 innings, laboring through an inefficient 79 pitches. But the Rookie of the Year candidate suggested home-plate umpire CB Bucknor's strike zone was augmenting the Mets' pesky approach at the plate.
"It helps when they’re getting calls and 1-1 counts turn to 2-1 counts instead of 1-2 counts, and stuff like that. When your BABIP is .330, .340 as a team, it’s tough to get quick innings and get quick outs.”
Strider wasn't completely off the mark with respect to the Mets benefiting from a favorable bounce or two. New York slugger Pete Alonso's two-run double in the bottom of the third was aided by bouncing off the third-base bag, allowing it to soar over third baseman Austin Riley's head and into shallow left field.
Indeed, Bucknor's inconsistent strike zone seemed to work in the Mets' favor, at least by one account popular account. According to Umpire Scorecards, Bucknor's miscues were worth a full run to the Mets -- including a missed call during Alonso's fateful at-bat in the third.
Still, Strider's remarks didn't sit well with many on social media, unsurprisingly, of course, among Mets fans. While he might have had a point about things breaking right for the Mets, his remark about the postseason was curious, given that he never appeared during the Braves' World Series run last season.
Perhaps it would have been best for Strider to follow the lead of shortstop Dansby Swanson, who, despite getting the better of Mets ace Jacob deGrom for a two-run shot, conceded that the Braves "did not play well in all phases of the game, really" throughout the five-game series, in which the Mets won four contests.