Teheran solid, Gsellman stumbles and Mets lose 5th straight

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Manager Terry Collins said Syndergaard had a "tired arm" and some tendon soreness in his right bicep, but the pitcher admitted this morning that he had some discomfort in his throwing shoulder. Yoenis Cespedes hit a double against the Atlanta Braves but was in visible pain as he ran into second base.

Michael Conforto replaced Cespedes in Thursday's game.

Neil Walker and Rene Rivera had sacrifice flies for the Mets, who began the day with the third-most homers in the National League (29) but also its lowest batting average (.208).

"When you share a season like I did in 2012, on a team that (wasn't) competing, really, at the end, it gave everybody something to look forward to, including myself", Dickey said Wednesday afternoon.

Cespedes left last Thursday's loss to Philadelphia with a left hamstring problem and returned to the lineup Wednesday. "It's certainly is something we could not foresee, nor could you ever".

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This marks the second time this season that Gsellman has been hit around in the first inning. "I'm not going on the DL, that's not going to happen", he said.

OUR PREDICTION: The over is now 8-1-2 in the Mets' last 11 home games, is 5-1-1 in their last seven games overall, and is 6-0-1 in their last seven games after they scored two runs or less in their previous game.

Five-run deficits are always hard situations for an offense, but Gsellman's dud came on an unfortunate night since Teheran has a history of squashing the Mets. He is 0-1 with a 3.92 ERA in four career starts against the Braves.

So that's the ace and the best offensive player.

Following today's game, Teheran has allowed three earned runs in his last 26 and 1/3 innings pitched at Citi Field. "I just need to go out there with the right mechanics in the first inning and shut (the other team) down from the get-go". "It would be nice to finish this homestand on a good note tomorrow".