Kaz Matsui; Photo:Ozier Muhammad/NY Times

Over the weekend, the Mets were scheduled to play a 3-game series with the Braves, the hottest team in the NL East. Game 1 on Friday was rained, which might have been lucky for the Mets since they are the coldest team in the NL East. They were swept in the remaining two games on Saturday and Sunday. The Mets are now 47-50 and five games behind the first place Braves - a familiar feeling for the Mets and their fans.

Yesterday's 4-3 loss finished off a 10 game home stand for the Mets where they went 3-7, not exactly the way a team wants to start the second half of the season. During their last 10 games, the Braves and Phillies went 7-3 and 6-4 respectively. Jose Reyes had a career-high four hits, but struck out against John Smoltz in the 9th with the tying run in scoring position. Smoltz is 18 for 18 in career save opportunities against the Mets.

The Mets were error-prone yesterday, which isn't new either. David Wright, still in his first week in the majors, committed his second error of his young career and Kaz Matsui booted a ball for his 20th error in his first season in America. The two errors led to 3 runs for the Bravos and another loss for the Mets (box score).

The Mets take their fumbling, bumbling game to Montreal for 4 games against les Expos before returning to the States to play three games against the Braves in Hotlanta. Lucky for the Mets, it's mathematically impossible for them to finish that stretch of games behind the Expos who are 10.5 games behind the 4th place Mets.