The Mets couldn’t pull out a win despite having Jacob deGrom on the mound Thursday night, and dropped three of four in the series to watch their NL East lead shrink to 3.5 games.
The playoff hopeful Phillies are on deck, and with the Yankees and Dodgers also on deck before the end of the month, the road doesn’t get much easier as New York will have to hold off the defending champions.
“We won four when we were back at our place,” Brandon Nimmo said. “They won three when we were here. I'm not that disappointed. I feel like there were some things in this game if we could have slightly done a little better, we could have pulled away with this one. But that’s baseball.
“I’m not disappointed. Maybe some other guys are. You would love to win every game, but that's not realistic in baseball. That’s not realistic in 162 games.”
The Mets experienced multiple injuries in their series loss to the Braves, though Taijuan Walker appears to have avoided an IL stint, but the team will still be shorthanded in the short term as it tries to pull away in the division. But it’s clear things won’t be getting any easier.
“We just gotta try and put this behind us the best that we can and move on to Philadelphia, because they’re not gonna be any easier,” Nimmo said. “Nobody is gonna sit around and feel sorry for us right now.
“We knew this was gonna be a tough two weeks. The other team wants to win too. You’re gonna lose some.”
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