Mickey Callaway
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After the New York Mets 7-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves Wednesday night, they find themselves in fourth place in the NL East.

The New York Mets just can’t seem to consistently start winning games. After they defeated the Braves 10-2 on Tuesday night, they ultimately fell to the same ballclub 7-2 the following night. Now, the Mets are 35-39 and have fallen to fourth place in the NL East division, sitting at 8.5 games behind first place.

Now sitting at that spot in the standings, Mets manager Mickey Callaway is telling it like it is. “It’s not fun” were Callaway’s words to the media following Wednesday night’s loss.

The Mets find themselves in a bad position in a tough stretch. They still have eight games left on their 11-game road trip and won’t return to Citi Field until June 28 when they open up a three-game series against the Braves. Before then, they have a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field followed by a four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

New York desperately needs to win at least six of these eight remaining road-trip games to get back on the right track with the midway point of the regular season approaching. They open up the series against the Cubs on Thursday night at 8:05 p.m. EST.

Walker Lockett will take the mound for the Mets after he was called up from Triple-A Syracuse. Lockett will be Noah Syndergaard‘s temporary replacement. Syndergaard was scheduled to pitch Thursday, however, was placed on the 10-day injured list after suffering a low-grade hamstring strain this past weekend.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.