Found April 18, 2012 on MetsOnline:

The New York Mets (7-5) were absolutely crushed by the Atlanta Braves (7-5) today at Turner Field. The final score of the game was 14-6, which was even worse than yesterday’s 9-3 loss.

R.A. Dickey allowed eight runs on eight hits and three homeruns in 4 1/3 innings pitched for the Mets today. There probably should have been a rain delay today, which could have saved a run or two for the Mets:

Dickey said that baseballs in today’s weather felt like “wet water balloons.” didn’t have problem with game being played, though.

— Andy Martino (@SurfingTheMets) April 18, 2012

The thing about Dickey is that he will string together TONS of quality starts and tons of incredible starts. But, when he’s bad, he is really bad. Today his knuckleball was not good, and he was bad, really bad.

The bullpen wasn’t good today either. Mets relievers allowed six runs today. Miguel batista and Jon Rauch threw a combined one scoreless inning, while Bobby Parnell, Tim Byrdak, and Frank Francisco allowed a combined six runs in a combined 2 2/3 innings.

At least the Mets hit well today…

The team was 14-for-39 today. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, in the leadoff spot and trying to prove he does belong in the big leagues, went 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI, and three runs scored.

Daniel Murphy brought his batting average up to .298, going 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.

Words can’t describe David Wright’s performance this season. He has been straight up amazing this season. He went 2-for-5, driving in three runs. He had his first double of the season.

Ike Davis is slowly but surely starting to return to his true self. He went 2-for-5 today and hit his third homerun of the season.

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 07: R.A. Dickey #43 of the New York Mets looks on from the dugout against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on April 7, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

This image epitomizes today's loss (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Friday’s game: The Mets will not play tomorrow and will get a much needed day off. But, on Friday Jon Niese will ake the hill for the Mets against Barry Zito and the Braves at 7:10 PM at Citi Field.

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