Game Preview: Braves vs. Mets
By: Jason Hamby
The Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets are on opposite sides of the spectrum. While the Braves (24–47) have been battling for the worst record in all of Major League Baseball, the Mets (38–32) have been battling for the top spot in the National League East, 4.5 games behind the Washington Nationals.
The Braves and Mets will meet for another three-game set starting tonight, Thursday at 7:10 p.m. Although the Braves have undoubtedly been overwhelmingly terrible this year, they have turned it around as of late.
They are the only team in the National League East with a record over .500 over the last 11 games at 6–5. They had a six game winning streak going into yesterday, when it was snapped by a loss to the Miami Marlins. During their winning streak, the Braves swept the Mets in three games just last week.
The Mets have one of the best starting pitching rotations in all of baseball, but the Braves took Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, and Jacob DeGrom and handed them 3 losses
Leading Atlanta was the scrappy speedster, Ender Inciarte. In Game 3 of the series, the game was tied at three going into the the top of the eighth, Atlanta batting. After a single, Inciarte stole second base. Then later in the at-bat, a fly ball was hit to rightfield and caught by Curtis Granderson. Inciarte then deeked Granderson and advanced to third base after lousy throw into the infield. With one out, Mets pitcher Addison Reed threw a dirt ball that got away from the catcher, but was to close to the catcher for 95 percent of runners to go on, but not Ender. As soon as he saw that the ball was going to hit the dirt he took off and stole home, practically stealing a run, and eventually the game right from the Mets.
The pitching matchups for this weekend’s series includes Matt Harvey vs. Matt Wisler Thursday, Steven Matz vs. Aaron Blair Friday, and Jacob DeGrom vs. Julio Teheran, the exact same matchups on both sides as the series last weekend in which the Braves swept with little resistance.
Will the Atlanta Braves continue their current momentum into another series win over the Mets, or will the Braves we are accustomed to seeing return to form? Will the Mets overpowering pitching come back into the light, or will the Braves underwhelming lineup continue their ability to score runs? Tune in to Fox Sports this weekend to find out.