The Mets came back to beat the Braves in the finale of a grueling five-game series at Turner Field, winning 4-3. Here are three observations from the game:
1. Mike Minor's superb 2013 season may have hit a speed bump
For the first time in a calendar year, Minor has allowed four earned runs in consecutive starts. Yes, by most standards, that's a minor (no pun intended) obstacle to overcome. He still holds onto a 2.89 ERA, one of the best in baseball, but he was visibly unimpressed with his recent string of performances.
"I look back on them I just feel like in certain situations I make bad pitches, stupid decisions. I really don't throw the ball down in the zone when I need to," Minor said. "I guess the last half of last year and the first half (of 2013), I feel like I made a lot better pitches. But the last couple, all the way back to the Pirates (June 4), I feel like the pitch selection and where I threw it, you know, some of the pitches that game to ...