Series Preview: Mets vs. Braves

New York welcomes Atlanta to Queens for a three-game series starting Monday night.

The New York Mets (15-8) stay at Citi Field to begin the week as they face a divisional foe in the Atlanta Braves (6-18). The San Francisco Giants ended the Mets eight-game yesterday, however, the Amazin’s have won yet another series. The Braves, on the other hand, have had bad fortune losing eight of their last ten games. They will look to get some wins on the road, but the Mets will most certainly not be an easy opponent with the way they are playing at the moment.

Monday: Bartolo Colon (1-1, 3.42 ERA) vs. Mike Foltynewicz (AAA: 1-2, 1.64 ERA)

            Colon will start off the series on the bump and he will look to get his first win since April 15. His last start he earned a no decision as his teammates salvaged the three earned runs let up. Colon has gradually been getting worse each time he gets the ball, but he may get too turn things around against the Braves.

            Foltynewicz returns to the Braves rotation for the first time this year as he started the season in Triple-A Gwinnett. In 22 innings of work, he has only allowed 11 hits while striking out 20 total batters. He has not been getting much run support, and the way the Braves are playing now, he may not have the same fortune. However, Foltynewicz is more than happy to be back in the big leagues.

Pitching Edge: Colon gets the edge in this one with Foltynewicz making his first big league start in 2016. Look for the 42-year-old to spot that two-seam fastball and finish at least six strong.

Tuesday: Matt Harvey (2-3, 4.76 ERA) v Matt Wisler (0-2, 4.26)

            Harvey will take the mound in search of his third straight win since starting the season 0-3. He went six innings last time around against the Cincinnati Reds letting up seven scattered hits for two earned runs. The Mets ace has settled down and will look to beat the Braves yet again.

            Wisler could not get passed the Boston Red Sox in his last start letting up five runs in five innings. The 23-year-old righty is streaky as he threw a gem before the Red Sox start against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Mets will see which Wisler shows up on Tuesday night.

Pitching Edge: Harvey is in a groove and he should continue his dominance against the Braves.

Wednesday: Steven Matz (3-1, 3.86 ERA) v Jhoulys Chacin (1-1, 3.27 ERA)

            To say Matz has been on his game lately, it would be an understatement. He has posted a 0.93 ERA in his last three starts thanks to starts like his last against the Giants where he didn’t allow a run in six innings. He will hope to continue his hot streak against the Braves who he beat back on April 23.

            Chacin was Matz’s opponent last time the two teams faced each other. The right hander earned the loss after after allowing four runs in five and two-thirds innings. He did beat the Red Sox last time around, though, and will look to do the same against the Mets.

Pitching Edge: Matz has been nearly untouchable and he should keep things going against the Braves.

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Manager Terry Collins is hoping his new three-hitter, 23-year-old Michael Conforto, continues his April tear in May. He went 0-5 yesterday against the Giants, but his average still stands at .342 which is good for tenth in the MLB. He has 15 extra base hits including six doubles and two homeruns in the past week. Conforto and his teammates love him in the three hole and he try to keep his hot start to the season going as the new month rolls around.


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