Tucker drives in 5, Wisler dominant as Braves beat Mets
ATLANTA (AP) —
That’s the best I’ve seen him since I’ve been around him,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “On the attack, pitching to get guys out. I really liked what I saw.”
Wisler made his first major league start since June 10, 2017, also against the Mets.
“I honestly felt kind of like my debut,” Wisler said. “It’s been a long time since I started up here.”
Mets manager Mickey Callaway wouldn’t commit to giving Harvey his next scheduled start. Harvey (0-2) allowed six runs in six innings, leaving his ERA at 6.00.
“We haven’t made that determination yet,” Callaway said. “We’ll see moving forward. I’m not sure what we’re going to do.”
Harvey wasn’t receptive to a question about possibly moving to the bullpen.
“I’m a starting pitcher,” Harvey said. “I’ve always been a starting pitcher. That’s my mindset.”
Harvey at least took pressure off the Mets’ bullpen by making it through six innings. He retired 11 of the last 12 batters he faced and ended a streak of 12 consecutive starts, including his last nine starts of 2017, in which he failed to last longer than five innings.
“That last three innings I think I was able to break through that mental block I was feeling every time I went out there,” he said. “I know that the results aren’t there. I feel bad that it took me so long to figure it out.”
Kurt Suzuki had three hits and drove in three runs, including a two-run homer off Harvey in the first inning.
Todd Frazier opened the fifth with a homer over the 400-foot marker in center field for the Mets’ only run off Wisler. Adrian Gonzalez led off the eighth with a homer off Lucas Sims.
The Mets, who scored nine runs in the eighth inning on Wednesday night to beat Washington 11-5, scored three in the eighth. Sims’ bases-loaded walk to pinch-hitter Brandon Nimmo forced in a run.
Wisler retired the first 11 batters before Asdrubal Cabrera singled in the fourth.
Johan Camargo, a defensive replacement at third base, made a diving catch in front of the Mets’ dugout of Jose Reyes’ short popup.