Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Game 71 Preview: New York Mets (25-40) at Atlanta Braves (42-28)

Pitching Probables:
RHP Matt Harvey (NYM) 5-1, 2.04 ERA
LHP Alex Wood (ATL) 0-0, 3.52 ERA

Doubleheader Game 1 Starting Lineups (1:10 pm ET, SportSouth):

Mets (2013 season stats):
Collin Cowgill - LF (.173/.189/.327 2 HR 8 RBI)
Daniel Murphy - 2B (.278/.320/.421 5 HR 31 RBI)
David Wright - 3B (.300/.390/.492 9 HR 36 RBI)
Marlon Byrd - RF (.247/.303/.494 11 HR 32 RBI)
Lucas Duda - 1B (.241/.348/.454 11 HR 23 RBI)
John Buck - C (.224/.282/.407 11 HR 35 RBI)
Juan Lagares - CF (.192/.213/.295 1 HR 3 RBI)
Omar Quintanilla - SS (.228/.290/.404 2 HR 4 RBI)
Matt Harvey - P (.138/.138/.172 0 HR 1 RBI)

Braves (career vs. Harvey):
Jordan Schafer - CF (N/A)
Reed Johnson - LF (N/A)
Jason Heyward - RF (1-3, HR, 2 RBI)
Freddie Freeman - 1B (0-3)
Chris Johnson - 3B (N/A)
Gerald Laird - C (N/A)
Dan Uggla - 2B (0-1, 2 BB, K)
Andrelton Simmons - SS (N/A)
Alex Wood - P (N/A)

After the dramatic 2-1 win by the Braves over the Mets this morning, the two teams are right back at it this afternoon for game 1 of a day-night doubleheader at Turner Field. In the first game, Mets ace Matt Harvey takes the hill opposed by Braves LHP Alex Wood, who makes his first career MLB start.
Matt Harvey has been brilliant up to this point in the season, logging 11 quality starts in 14 starts this season. In his previous start against the Cardinals, the 24-year-old ace allowed just one run on five hits, walked one, and struck out in seven innings pitched as he took his first loss of the season, snapping a franchise-record of 13 consecutive starts without a loss to begin the season due in part to the Mets recent struggles at the plate.
While being overshadowed by Wheeler's debut in game 2 of the double dip, Braves lefty Alex Wood makes his first Major League start. He's made six appearances out of the bullpen since being called up on May 30. Wood dominated while starting at Double-A Mississppi, going 4-2 with a 1.26 ERA, striking out 57 batters  and walking 15 in 57 innings pitched spanning 10 starts.

Evan Gattis heads to 15-day disabled list, Pastornicky called up:
Braves C/OF Evan Gattis was placed on the 15-day DL this morning due to a right oblique strain suffered in last night's game against the Mets. Gattis injured his oblique on a check swing in the 7th inning. El Oso Blanco is hitting .252 this season while leading all rookies in home runs (14) and runs driven in (37) and is absolutely incredible in pinch-hit situations, going 6-for-8 with four homers and 11 runs driven in.
Tyler Pastornicky was called up to take Gattis' roster spot. In 57 games down in Triple-A Gwinnett, Pastornicky is tearing up opposing pitchers, hitting .309/.351/.429 with four homers and 25 RBIs. Pastornicky was previously called up after Jason Heyward went on the disabled list after undergoing an emergency appendectomy and has just one hit in nine plate appearances in six games played in the Majors this season.

Freddie Freeman stays hot:
Braves 1B Freddie Freeman continued to scorch the ball with three more hits last night, falling a triple short of the cycle. Freeman hit second career walk-off home run off Dillon Gee to give the Braves a 2-1 win. His previous walk-off homer came last September against the Marlins, which clinched a playoff berth for the Braves. Freeman leads the team in RBI (47) and is tied for seventh in the NL despite missing 13 games with a right oblique strain earlier in the season.

Side note:
Matt Harvey has one other career start against the Braves that came in August of 2012. In that start, Harvey allowed two runs on two hits, walked five, and struck out three as he took the 4-0 loss.
Braves called up reliever Cory Rasmus from Triple-A Gwinnett to fill the team's 26th roster spot for today's doubleheader.

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