Mets Game Preview: (5/17/21) @ Atlanta Braves (19-21)

The bruised and battered New York Mets limp their way into Georgia to face the Atlanta Braves. They will play the first of three games in a series that the Mets need everyone to contribute. The first pitch from SunTrust Park is set for 7:10 p.m. ET.

Over the weekend, the Mets were swept by the Tampa Bay Rays and lost more players due to injuries. Hamstring injuries to both Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto have forced the Mets to dig even deeper into their minor leagues for replacements. Johneshwy Fargas will be one of the new comes to the roster as a corresponding move. With the tough losses over the weekend and the stockpile of injuries, their seven-game win streak seems like it happened months ago.

The Braves have started slow but are slowly inching their way back to the .500 mark. Over the weekend, they went on the road to take two of three games from the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Ronald Acuna has continued to put up MVP caliber numbers with a .300 average, 12 home runs, and six stolen bases. On the pitching side, Huascar Ynoa has stepped up with a 3.02 ERA in nine games this season.

Pitching Matchup

Taijuan Walker looks to repeat his success from his last start against the Baltimore Orioles, and the Mets need it. Walker pitched seven innings and held the Orioles to just one run on four hits. In seven starts, Walker has been terrific with a 2.20 ERA and 1.02 WHIP.

Max Fried pitches for the Braves and has been nowhere near his 2020 success. In five starts, Fried has a 6.55 ERA and has already doubled his home run total from last season. Ever since leaving the injured list, Fried has been better with two consecutive outings where he allowed one run.

Matchup To Lookout For

Max Fried vs. Pete Alonso: 1-for-12 (.083), Home Run, 3 Walks, 5 Strikeouts

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