The New York Mets(38-32) finished off their home stand in grand fashion sweeping the two-game stint with the Kansas City Royals. Now on the road, they will get a chance to redeem themselves against the Atlanta Braves (24-47), who just last weekend, swept the Amazin’s at Citi Field. The bats seem to be rejuvenated since that series, but nothing is for sure until game time tonight. It will be the start to a four-game set with the Braves before heading to our nation’s capital to face the division-leading Nationals.
7:10 PM Thursday: Matt Harvey (4-9, 4.76 ERA) vs. Matt Wisler (3-7, 4.23 ERA)
The Braves have been a sore spot for Harvey all season. His last two starts have been losses to the ball club including his most recent last Friday. “The Dark Knight” went six innings allowing seven hits for four earned runs. Facing the same lineup yet again, though, Harvey knows what he did wrong and could correct his mistakes tonight.
Wisler was Harvey’s opponent on May 3 where he threw a one-hit gem in eight innings earning the victory. That was his first win of the season, and since then, he has collected two more. The catch is the four games straight in the loss column where Wisler was hit for 19 earned runs combined.
Pitching Edge: Fans saw what Wisler did to the Mets’ lineup. He gets the edge with Harvey having troubles against Atlanta.
7:35 Friday: Steven Matz (7-3, 2.74 ERA) v Aaron Blair (0-4, 7.19 ERA)
Matz earned a no-decision against the Braves last Saturday finishing six innings allowing four hits and two earned runs. After the game, he told media that he experienced stiffness in his throwing elbow, but not the same as the problem earlier this year. To reassure his team, Matz threw a bullpen session yesterday and everything seemed up to par.
The first win of the year still alludes Blair who threw his third straight no-decision against the Braves last Saturday. Like his counterpart Matz, Blair finished six strong allowing three earned runs.
Pitching Edge: Matz was ahead of Blair even with an ailment. If everything is as good as he says, Matz gets the edge in this one.
Saturday 7:15: Jacob deGrom (3-4, 2.96 ERA) v Julio Teheran (3-7, 2.66 ERA)
deGrom and Teheran are paired up again Saturday night. deGrom was the losing pitcher last time around going six innings allowing three earned on five hits. He still can’t find any run support from his offense.
Teheran threw a marvelous one-hit complete game shutout to finish off the sweep of the Amazin’s. He seemed virtually untouchable, and to add to his confidence, he collected a hit off deGrom as well. Though his record doesn’t show it, Teheran has ace-quality stuff that was displayed in his last start.
Pitching Edge: After his latest performance, Teheran gets the edge on his home turf.
Sunday 1:35 PM: Bartolo Colon (6-3, 3.00 ERA) v Bud Norris (2-7, 4.69 ERA)
Colon had a short outing to say the least against the Royals Tuesday. On the fourth pitch of the game, he caught a line drive off his pitching hand that exited him from the game. X-rays proved there was no damage and the swelling has gone down which is why he is slated to make his scheduled appearance Sunday afternoon.
Norris has been a starter for his last four appearances as he is normally found in the bullpen. In his most recent against the Miami Marlins, he earned a no-decision after allowing two earned on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Pitching Edge: If the hand is back to normal, Colon should get the edge with his arm itching for