New York Mets Series Preview: Atlanta Braves (5/28-5-30)

New York Mets, Noah Syndergaard

The New York Mets just finished a rough four game series against the Milwaukee Brewers where they lost three out of four. They have a quick turnaround as they play four games in three days against the first place Atlanta Braves. The Braves just lost two out of three against the Boston Red Sox, but roughed up Chris Sale for six runs. They have dominated the Mets this season, taking five out of six games.

Probable Pitching Matchups

(5/28, 1:10 PM) Jacob deGrom (4-0, 1.54 ERA) vs. Max Fried (0-2, 6.00 ERA)

(5/28, 7:10 PM) TBD (Likely P.J. Conlon) vs. Brandon McCarthy (5-2, 4.67 ERA)

(5/29, 7:35 PM) Steven Matz (2-3, 3.80 ERA) vs. TBD

(5/30, 7:35 PM) Noah Syndergaard (4-1, 3.06 ERA) vs. Julio Teheran (4-2, 4.20 ERA)

Steamrolled by the Brew Crew

The series against the Brewers was brutal to say the least. The Mets had the lead in all four game but only managed to win one because their pitching faltered. One of the encouraging signs is that their offense finally seemed to wake up from the slump they had been in over the last couple of weeks. The fight they showed against a dominant Brewers bullpen and hopefully they can bring their offense to Atlanta.

The Mets pitching seemed just fine after allowing four runs in the first two games of the series, but collapsed in the last two games. They allowed 25 runs over two games after outside of Zack Wheeler, they entire staff looked lost. Jerry Blevins and Paul Sewald became victims of tough luck and Jason Vargas and Chris Flexen continued to look like they do not belong on a big league roster. If the Mets want to keep themselves in the division race their pitching desperately needs to wake up.

The Braves Are For Real

The Braves are a young team full of talent and have not slowed down at all this season. Ozzie Albies has blossomed quicker than expected and leads the team with 14 home runs. Nick Markakis has also continued to be one of the most underrated players in baseball and is tied for second in baseball with a .340 average. Of course, the Met killer, Freddie Freeman is still doing what he normally does in the middle of that Braves lineup.

The Braves received a little bit of a scare as their top prospect, Ronald Acuna Jr. injured his left knee trying to run out a ground ball. He fell as he ran through the base and tripped but was able to make it off the field without any help. His status for this series remains unknown as the Braves await the MRI results. The injury could have been worse as his knee buckled as he crossed the base. The rookie was hitting .265 with five home runs and 13 RBIs.

Matchups to Lookout For

Asdrubal Cabrera vs. Julio Teheran: 9-26 (.310) 3 Doubles, 2 Walks, 6 Strikeouts

Nick Markakis vs. Noah Syndergaard: 6-15 (.400) 1 Double, 1 Walk, 3 Strikeouts

Wilmer Flores vs. Julio Teheran: 3-21 (.143) 1 Home Run, 3 Walks, 3 Strikeouts

Tyler Flowers vs. Steven Matz 2-10 (.200) 1 Double, 3 Strikeouts

Interesting Stats

Asdrubal Cabrera at Sun Trust Park: 14-42 (.333) 2 Home Runs, 5 Doubles

Nick Markakis in High Leverage Situations: 397-1311 (.303) 25 Home Runs, .381 OBP