Mets lose Taijuan Walker, fall to Braves as NL East lead shrinks

ATLANTA — At least they have got Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom aligned for the next two nights?

The Mets need something to which they can cling for the rest of this series against the Braves, and the presence of their aces — provided they can stay on the mound — serves as comfort food.

On Tuesday, Taijuan Walker’s back spasms necessitated a second straight bullpen game for the Mets, who watched Carlos Carrasco depart early a night earlier. But the lack of offense was the largest culprit for the Mets in a 5-0 loss at Truist Park that sliced their NL East lead on the Braves to 3 ½ games.

Taijuan Walker (left) exits the game with back spasms after two scoreless innings and Jeff McNceil walks back to the dugout after striking out during the Mets' 5-0 loss to the Braves.
Taijuan Walker (left) exits the game with back spasms after two scoreless innings and Jeff McNceil walks back to the dugout after striking out during the Mets’ 5-0 loss to the Braves.
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The Mets have scored only once in the first two games of this series. Perhaps an infusion from No. 2 prospect Brett Baty, who will be selected from Triple-A Syracuse before Wednesday’s game, can help. But the Mets also know they can’t lean too heavily on a 22-year-old third baseman who only recently was promoted to Triple-A.

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