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Series Preview: Mets at Braves

New York travels to Atlanta for its first battle of the year with the NL East foes.

The New York Mets (7-7) still on the road travel down south to Atlanta for a weekend series against the Atlanta Braves (4-10). This will be the first series of six this season. Last season, the Mets won 11 of the 19 games against the Braves. However, this year the Mets should be able to acquire more tallies in their win column with the Braves lineup spread thin. Friday night will kick off another battle between the rivals as they both chase the division leading Washington Nationals for first place.

Friday: Matt Harvey (0-3, 5.71 ERA) v Bud Norris (1-2, 6.23 ERA)

The first win of 2016 has eluded Matt Harvey thus far. The ace of the Mets rotation can’t seem to put a good performance in the book as he has been letting runs up in the middle of the game around the fifth and sixth innings. However, against a struggling Braves lineup, this might be the start he needs to turn things around.

Norris earned his first win in his last outing against the Miami Marlins. He was saved by his hitters as they topped the four earned runs Norris gave up.

Pitching Edge: Norris has let up 22 hits in 17 innings of work, and with heat steaming of the Mets bats, he is going to have trouble Friday night. Look for Harvey to earn his first win in Atlanta as he gets back to his dominance.

Saturday: Steven Matz (1-1, 7.27 ERA) v Jhoulys Chacin (0-0 2.38 ERA)

Don’t be fooled by Matz’s ERA as it was inflated by that drastic start against the Marlins to start his 2016 season. The rookie settled down in Cleveland as he threw seven strong innings fanning nine and not allowing a run.

Chacin has yet to earn a win in two starts, but the Mets will have to respect the prowess of the 28-year-old. He held the Nationals from crossing the plate for a solid six innings, and has the potential to do the same to the Amazin’s on Saturday.

Pitching Edge: Matz seems to have settled down in Cleveland as all of his bad pitches went out the window against the Marlins. Look for him to showcase his dominance in Atlanta.

Sunday: Jacob deGrom (1-0, 1.50 ERA) v TBA

deGrom is back in business after caring for his new baby son, Jaxon and recovering from a stiff lat at the same time. He will most likely be held to a pitch count as he only threw 71 pitches in his simulated game, but he will sure make the best of every one.

Pitching Edge: Though deGrom hasn’t throw in a live game since April 8, look for the young arm to be aggressive with his pitches as he will be limited.

More About This Series

The reason for the series sweep prediction is due to what the Mets have done at the plate in the past week. They have totaled 40 extra base hits with 19 being crushed over the outfield fence. Fans can be extra happy considering the production is coming from key components like Yoenis Cespedes, Neil Walker and Lucas Duda. More of the same should be expected against shaky Braves pitching this weekend.

 


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