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Series Preview: Mets vs. Braves

Amazin' Clubhouse previews a pivotal matchup between two teams struggling to keep pace in the NL East race.

Atlanta Braves (6-12, Last Place NL East, 7GB) at

New York Mets (8-11, 4th Place, NL East, 5.5 GB)

 

Coming into 2017, it was said that the Mets had a team that could compete for a Championship if healthy. If. Healthy. In the past week or so, where the Mets are 2-8 in their last 10, have lost 3 series in a row, and just got swept by the Washington Nationals, the injuries have piled up.  Lucas Duda, and Wilmer Flores joined the Disabled List in addition to David Wright being transferred to the 60-day DL.  Throw in Yoenis Cespedes missing some time, and you have the makings of a long season if this continues.

 

Another issue the Mets have had this year is their record in games decided in the last at-bat. They are 3-7 in games where the winning team has gone ahead in their last at-bat, including 4 losses in a row to Miami and Philadelphia.  I’m going to guess this could be residual effect of Jeurys Familia’s suspension.  The middle relief corps has had to perform in different roles than they are accustomed to while Addison Reed has been the closer up until now.

Due to a scheduling quirk, the Braves return to Citi Field for the second time this season, before the Mets make their first trip to Atlanta.  The Mets were successful in the opening series, but Atlanta has been streaky since dropping 2 of 3 in New York.  The Braves come in on a 6-game losing streak after winning 5 in a row after another 5-game losing streak before that.

Here are this week’s pitching matchups:

 

Tuesday: Julio Teheran (1-1, 3.52) vs. Robert Gsellman (0-1, 5.09)

Teheran looks to seek revenge for the 6-0 Mets win on Opening Day, but is coming off giving up 7 runs in just 4 innings against Washington last week.  Although Gsellman is 0-1, the Mets are 2-1 this season in games that Gsellman has started.

 

Wednesday: R.A. Dickey (1-2, 3.86) vs. Noah Syndergaard (1-1, 1.73)

Dickey makes his second start against the Mets since being traded to Toronto.  He earned a 7-1 victory over his former team in 2015.  Syndergaard will try and ‘bounce back’ from his last outing where he gave up 3 runs over 7 inning s in the 6-4 loss to the Phillies.

Thursday: Bartolo Colon (1-2, 4.50) vs. Matt Harvey (2-0, 2.84)

Another ex-Met will make a start.  One of Colon’s 2 wins on the season was in his return to New York in the Braves 3-1 win Opening Week.  Harvey continues to vie with Syndergaard for the title of “Staff Ace” in the Thursday matinee.

 


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