Series Preview: Mets at Braves

The Amazin's head to Suntrust Field in search of their first win at that ballpark against Atlanta.

If there is any good news to come out of the weekend, it’s that the Mets were able to take 2 out of 3 from Washington.  The bad news is that 1. The third game was, no matter how you look at it, a classic stinker, and 2. Everyone is going to be second-guessing and finger pointing the whole Noah Syndergaard situation for the rest of the season.


The Mets now hobble into SunTrust Park for their first visit to the new home of the Atlanta Braves. As they arrive, it is now a ‘next-man up’ mentality for the pitching staff, and the Offense needs to really start producing.  Michael Conforto has been showing promise as a leadoff hitter, and Jose Reyes is starting to show signs of life.  Jay Bruce is the main power source, while recent call ups from Las Vegas need to help fill in the gaps.


If last week’s “Panic Meter” was at 7 or 8, the 2 steps in the positive direction were moved 3 steps back after Sunday’s debacle.


Here are the pitching matchups for the 4 game series in Atlanta.  I should now probably preface the Mets side with a warning that they are subject to change without notice.


Monday: Robert Gsellman (0-2, 6.23) vs. Julio Teheran (2-1, 3.38)

Gsellman was rocked by the Braves at home in his last outing, giving up 5 runs on 10 hits in just 4 innings.  Teheran is the new “Met Killer” on this team, with just 2 runs allowed in 12.1 innings this season against New York, including getting the win last Wednesday.


Tuesday: Matt Harvey (2-1, 4.25) vs. R.A. Dickey (2-2, 3.80)

Harvey claims he was “not ready to play” last Thursday when Syndergaard was scratched from his start, and gave up 6 runs in 4.1 innings in a game that was also started by Dickey, who allowed only 2 runs in 5 innings pitched.


Wednesday: Jacob deGrom (1-1, 2,84) vs. Bartolo Colon (1-2, 5.59)

deGrom earned the win on Friday against Washington, shaking off allowing 2 Home Runs in the second inning.  Colon allowed 6 runs in 5 innings against Milwaukee in his last start, before the Braves came back for a 10-8 win. This is Colon’s second start against the Mets this season, allowing just an Earned Run in the Braves only win in the Opening week series.


Thursday: Zack Wheeler (1-2, 4.78) vs. Jaime Garcia (1-1, 3.99)

Wheeler pitched one of his best games this season against Washington on Saturday, allowing just an Earned Run in 4.2 innings, but his day was cut short by a high pitch count (96) that was brought on by 4 walks allowed.  Garcia has allowed at least 2 Earned Runs in each game he’s pitched this season, and has not made it past 6.1 innings in any of his starts.


Given the injuries on the team, it’s going to take a while to chip away at climbing back into the race.  However, it’s now May, and there are question marks as to how long key players will be out.



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