Mets answer critics with resounding win over Braves

Mets fans are likely just calming down after learning aceNoah Syndergaard was e sentially sent to the mound Sunday despite knowledge he wasn’t completely healthy, and is now facing a three-month absence with a lat tear.However, things got drastically better for the Mets on Wednesday in the form of a 16-5 smashing of the Braves.Jacob deGrom, who entered the game with at least 10 strikeoutsin threeconsecutive starts, which was tied for the third-longest such streak in team history, actually struggled. He allowed five earned runs in five innings while striking out five batters.But the offense woke up to save the day.Jose Reyes went 2 for 4 with a run scored, five RBIs and a walk. His night was highlighted by a bases-clearing double in the top of the eighth inning to Dale Murphy Jersey really blow the game open.Michael Conforto continued his sizzling stretch by collecting three hits with a run scored and two RBIs. He has now collected at least two hits in four of his last five games, and has raised his average to .357 for the season.The Mets (12-15) aresix games behind the Nationals in the NL East. Their slow start has generated even more attention considering the Yankees (17-9) are leading the AL East. While injuries have been a concern, Terry Collins and the Mets still look like playoff contenders.Studs of the nightYankees rookie outfielder Aaron Judge went 3 for 5 with two runs scored, a home run and two RBIs in an 8-6 win over the Blue Jays. The home run was Judge’s 13th of the season, and his 10th in his last 14 games.Judge’s 13 home runsare the most by a rookie in their first 25 games of a season in MLB history.Astros shortstop Carlos Correa finally caught fire with four hits and a solo home run in a huge 10-1 win against the Rangers. In addition to man-handling their AL West foes, Correa also raised his average to .255 on the season.Dud of the nightPirates starting pitcher Jameson Taillon has been impre sive early this season, but the young hurler was lit up for six earned runs off of eight hits in just five innings in a 7-2 lo s to the Reds. Despite the lo s, Taillon is still 2-1 with a 3.31 ERA this year.Highlight: Marcell Ozuna smashes a monstrous 468-foot home run:Aim for the back wall, right?Marcell Ozuna smashes a 468-foot blast, his longest HR of the #Statcast era. #Statcast (@statcast) May 4, 2017The Marlins outfielder finished Wednesday’s 10-6 win against the Rays with two hits, a walk and that solo home run.What’s nextDiamondbacks (17-12) at Nationals (18-9), 2:05 p.m. ET Two of the most explosive offensive teams in MLB will face off after splitting the series’ first two Hank Aaron Jersey games. Reigning NL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer (3-2, 2.94 ERA) will take the mound for Washington to duel againstBraden Shipley, who is making his season debut.