August 15, 2020

Mets bullpen implodes in awful loss to Braves (New York Post)

ATLANTA — Meet the Mess, 2020 version.

Just over a week into their 60-game season, the Mets have a glaring problem that will keep them socially distanced from even the expanded playoff format if they can’t find a fast solution.

Just like old times, the bullpen is a raging inferno.

Friday night it was Dellin Betances taking the baton from Edwin Diaz a night earlier with a brutal eighth-inning performance. The night before that it was the usually reliable Seth Lugo and Justin Wilson that folded.

Betances, still lacking the fastball velocity that transformed him into a dominant reliever with the Yankees, allowed four runs without escaping the inning, sending the Mets to a maddening 11-10 loss to the Braves at Truist Park.

Betances entered to protect a five-run lead, but retired only one batter, allowing two hits and two walks. Lugo was summoned and got the second out before Travis d’Arnaud haunted his former team by stroking a bases-loaded double that brought in three runs, putting the Braves ahead.

Marcell Ozuna slides home safely in the eighth inning as Wilson Ramos can only watch.Getty Images

The Mets signed Betances to a one-year contract worth $10.5 million with…

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