Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Jacob deGrom allowed a solo homer to Freddie Freeman but nothing else over seven innings to set a career high with 15 wins. The 29-year-old struck out seven and allowed five hits and two walks. Including Freeman's sixth-inning home run, deGrom surrendered four baserunners over his last six frames after working out of a first-and-third, one-out situation in the first inning.
2) Gavin Cecchini went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs while Dominic Smith singled and doubled in two runs. Nori Aoki (2-for-4, 2B), Brandon Nimmo and Asdrubal Cabrera doubled in succession to give the Mets a 4-0 lead off R.A. Dickey in the third inning. Juan Lagares singled in the first run of the game in the second inning.
3) Amed Rosario returned from a one-game absence with a strained right hip flexor and went 0-for-4.
4) AJ Ramos allowed two runs on two hits and a walk in the ninth during his first appearance in a week.
Postgame reaction from Michael Avallone...
It's really been an interesting season for deGrom. It's easy to point to the 228 whiffs, the eight straight wins and the 10 double-digit strikeout performances and surmise he had a Cy Young-caliber season. And for the most part deGrom has, but there are also the six times he allowed five or more runs -- including three where he surrendered at least seven runs.
You can't simply toss out those handful of starts, but it's played a large part in his ERA being north of 3.50, which won't help get you many Cy Young Award votes. But the fact is, is that deGrom has not only been the ace of the Mets' crippled staff, but a bulldog who has shown the ability to carry a rotation. Paired with Noah Syndergaard, whatever issues the Mets have moving into 2018 -- and there are more than enough to worry about -- they have two legitimate aces to work with, and that's not a bad start.
It's just a shame that deGrom's talent and performance were largely wasted on a train wreck of a season for the club... >> To follow Michael on Twitter, click here.
Highlights from the game...
News and notes...
The Mets snapped a five-game losing streak and improved to 8-6 against the Braves, including a 6-3 record at SunTrust Park.
DeGrom (15-9) became only the fifth Met to win 15 or more games in the last 10 years. Bartolo Colon (15 in 2016 and 2014), R.A. Dickey (20 in 2012), Mike Pelfrey (15 in 2010) and Johan Santana (16 in 2008) are the others.
DeGrom has tossed a career-best 195 1/3 innings this season, surpassing his previous high of 191 innings in 2015.
Smith has hit safely in 12 of 15 games this month and is batting .315 (17-for-54) with five doubles, four homers and 14 RBIs in September. He has three multi-hit efforts in the last six games.
Cabrera extended his hitting streak to 10 games with his RBI double in the third inning.
The Mets (64-84) go for the series win against the Braves (67-80) at SunTrust Park on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. on SNY.
Robert Gsellman (6-7, 5.58 ERA, 1.60 WHIP) hopes to rebound from his second loss in three starts in the series finale. The 24-year-old was touched up for four runs and a career-high five walks in four innings during a loss to the Cubs on Tuesday. Gsellman is 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA in four appearances -- three starts -- against the Braves this season.
Julio Teheran (11-11, 4.57 ERA 1.37 WHIP) takes aim at a fifth straight win against a team he has pitched well against in his career. The right-hander tossed seven scoreless innings against the Nationals on Tuesday, bringing his ERA down to 2.08 in his last four outings. Teheran is 1-1 with a 3.34 ERA in four starts against the Mets in 2017.