Atlanta Braves RHP Matt Wisler tossed eight scoreless innings for a 3-0 win against the Mets at Citi Field on Tuesday night.
"I know where they are, and I know they're struggling as a team, but the kid pitched pretty good tonight, and you're going to run into that," said Terry Collins, whose team did not get a hit until the fifth inning.
The Mets managed just one hit in the game, an Asdrubal Cabrera single.
"Tonight was just one of those nights," catcher Kevin Plawecki said. "We had a lot of balls hit hard and hit them right to guys."
Wisler, 23, is 1-2 with a 3.24 ERA in six appearances (five starts) this season.
"It was a good team effort," Wisler said. "I think I was a little more effectively wild tonight. I wasn't locating as well as I probably could have. I felt good on the mound, and my defense made some great plays for me when I needed it."
Wisler is a nice pitcher. In fact, he physically looks like someone who would have been part of their mid-'90s staff. He isn't dominant, but he has shown signs this season that he has the potential to develop into a No. 2 or 3 starter. The problem is the Mets make him look like an ace. In four starts against the Mets, he has a 1.55 ERA. He needed 106 pitches to get through them last night because the Mets were working counts and putting the ball in play. Unfortunately, they were hitting right at Atlanta's fielders. For instance, they put four balls on the ground, but two were turned for double plays. They hit the ball hard in the air, but right in their gloves. I watched the MLB.com FastCast this morning and it looks like the Mets are taking batting practice. Contact, contact, contact, but nothing to show for it.