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