Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Rafael Montero could not escape the fifth inning after allowing two runs and was replaced with the bases loaded and two outs. The 26-year-old was charged with three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out six during his 108-pitch effort.
2) Asdrubal Cabrera went 3-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run scored. Dominic Smith gave the Mets a 2-1 lead with an RBI double in the third, but he flied out with two runners on in the eighth. Jose Reyes drove in New York's other run with a fielder's choice. Trailing 3-2 in the sixth, New York loaded the bases with one out, but Juan Lagares grounded into an inning-ending double play.
3) Chasen Bradford, Tommy Milone, Jerry Blevins and Paul Sewald pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen. New York's relievers combined to surrender 22 runs -- 19 earned -- in 14 2/3 innings during the series in Chicago.
Postgame reaction from Michael Avallone...
The Mets season has been over, for all intents and purposes, for quite some time. That being said, to be 21 games below .500 is just an astounding indictment on a truly unforgettable season. After being completely blown away by the Cubs at Wrigley, the Mets provided very little resistance against the Braves on Friday night.
Smith continued his recent surge with an opposite-field RBI double, giving him 12 RBIs this month. It's always wise to take recently-promoted youngsters September stats with a grain of salt, but they count all the same. After a rough 20-game start to his big league career, Smith looks to be making the necessary adjustments to get himself into better hitter's counts and then taking advantage.
Much like for Rosario, these final two months are playing an important role from a pure developmental aspect. Success or not, both players are considered key contributors to the Mets' future and getting a two-month head start with Major League experience during an otherwise lost season for the club can only help... >> To follow Michael on Twitter, click here.
News and notes...
The Mets have lost five straight overall and eight consecutive games away from Citi Field. They dropped to a season-worst 21 games below .500 (63-84).
New York is 18-21 in one-run games and 5-49 when scoring three runs or less.
Cabrera has a nine-game hitting streak and is batting .455 (20-for-44) with seven doubles, two home runs and seven RBIs in 13 games this month.
Montero (5-10) entered Friday's start 4-1 with a 2.75 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 36 innings over his previous six outings.
Amed Rosario was available to play but did not appear in the game one night after leaving with a right hip flexor strain.
Highlights from the game...
The Mets (63-84) continue their series with the Braves (67-79) at SunTrust Park on Saturday night at 7 p.m. on PIX11.
Jacob deGrom (14-9, 3.63 ERA, 1.21 WHIP) tries for a fourth time to win a career-high 15th game. The 29-year-old was in line for the victory after he allowed two runs over seven innings against the Reds last Sunday, but the bullpen surrendered eight runs in the final three frames of a 10-6 loss. DeGrom has given up five runs over 11 innings across two starts against the Braves this season.
R.A. Dickey (9-9, 4.28 ERA 1.42 WHIP) looks to get back on track against his former team after consecutive poor outings. The knuckleballer has allowed 12 runs and 14 hits in his last 9 1/3 innings in starts against the Rangers and Marlins. Dickey is 2-0 with a 4.09 ERA in two starts against the Mets this season.