Series Preview: vs. Braves

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On Friday, the Mets start a series at Citi Field against the Wild Card-leading Atlanta Braves. Here are the pitching matchups:

Friday Night: (7:10 ET): Chris Capuano LHP (9-11, 4.71) vs. Tim Hudson RHP (13-7, 3.01)

Hudson has pitched extremely well recently, going 2-0 with a 1.61 ERA in his last three starts. Hudson is 14-8 against the Mets in his career.

Saturday Afternoon (4:10 ET): R.A. Dickey RHP (5-11, 3.72) vs. Jair Jurrjens RHP (13-5, 2.71)

Jurrjens is 1-2 with a 5.19 ERa in his last three starts, and 8-4 in his career against the Mets.

Sunday Afternoon (1:10 ET): Dillon Gee RHP (11-5, 4.37) vs. Mike Minor LHP (4-2, 4.37)

Minor is a perfect 3-0 in his last three starts. He is also 1-0 in his career agsint the Mets. He allowed four runs in 5.2 innings on August 7.

Braves Background:

  • The Braves are 79-53. six games behind the Phillies for first place. They have won eight of their last ten, and 13-4 since they last played the Mets on August 7.
  • The Braves played the Mets earlier this month in that critical series that the Mets had to sweep. Instead, the Braves took two of three and won the series, burying the Mets.
  • Dan Uggla is hitting just .216 since his hitting streak ended on 14. His batting average for the year has dropped to .231.
  • Freddie Freeman is making an excellent Rookie of the Year candidate of himself. He is hitting .291 with 18 home runs and 63 RBI.
  • Nate McLouth and Jason Heyward are both having awful years. McLouth is hitting .228 in 81 games, and Heyward is hitting .222 in 100 games.

What to Expect:

  • Well, first off, expect Sunday’s game to be moved or cancelled either today or tomorrow. Hurricane Irene is bearing down on the east coast and may hit New York head on as a category one or two hurricane.
  • The Mets may need to slug it out in the first game of the series. Chris Capuano hasn’t pitched very well recently.
  • In the second game, it will likely be tight. Despite his awful record this year, R.A. Dickey has arguably pitched better than the other starters, maybe with the exception of Dillon Gee. He will be facing Jair Jurrjens, whoo is a top-notch pitcher, arguably the ace of the Atlanta staff.
About Connor O'Brien
I'm a 17 year-old blogger, high school student, and lifelong Mets fan. I've been blogging about the Mets in some form or another for about four years. I embrace the new age, sabermetric way of thinking, but also recognize the importance of scouting and player devlopment.

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