Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Game 72 Preview: New York Mets (26-40) at Atlanta Braves (42-29)

Pitching Probables:
RHP Zack Wheeler (NYM) Major League debut
LHP Paul Maholm (ATL) 7-5, 3.65 ERA

Doubleheader Game 2 Starting Lineups (7:10 pm ET, SportSouth):

Mets (career vs. Maholm):
Collin Cowgill - LF (N/A)
Daniel Murphy - 2B (7-12, 3 RBI, K)
David Wright - 3B (8-29, 2B, 2 RBI, 5 K)
Marlon Byrd - RF (3-20, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K)
Josh Satin - 1B (N/A)
Anthony Recker - C (N/A)
Juan Lagares - CF (N/A)
Omar Quintanilla - SS (N/A)
Zack Wheeler - P (N/A)

Braves (2013 season stats):
Andrelton Simmons - SS (.242/.276/.337 5 HR 22 RBI)
Jason Heyward - RF (.220/.325/.357 5 HR 13 RBI)
Justin Upton - LF (.246/.355/.472 15 HR 32 RBI)
Freddie Freeman - 1B (.323/.381/.482 7 HR 48 RBI)
BJ Upton - CF (.164/.260/.309 8 HR 16 RBI)
Brian McCann - C (.250/.347/.471 7 HR 17 RBI)
Dan Uggla - 2B (.192/.321/.397 13 HR 27 RBI)
Chris Johnson - 3B (.317/.354/.450 3 HR 17 RBI)
Paul Maholm - P (.161/.161/.194 0 HR 1 RBI)

After taking game one of a day-night doubleheader, the Mets will send out their top pitching prospect, Zack Wheeler, to make his anticipated Major League debut.
Wheeler, the sixth overall pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft by the Giants, was traded to the Mets in the deal that sent Carlos Beltran from New York to San Francisco at the non-waiver trade deadline in 2011. Wheeler struck out 73 batters in 68 2/3 innings with Triple-A Las Vegas in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League this season, going 4-2 with a 3.93 ERA.
Fitting the young right-hander makes his debut against the Braves at Turner Field. Wheeler is from Dallas, Georgia, which is about 45 minutes from Atlanta. He's expecting a large contingent of supporters tonight.
Opposing Zack Wheeler will be veteran Braves lefty, Paul Maholm. Through 14 starts this season, Maholm is 7-5 with a respectable ERA of 3.65. In his last start against Padres in San Diego, Maholm struggled mightily, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits, walked three, and struck out four over 5 2/3 innings in the 7-5 loss.

Justin Turner injury, Scott Atchison set to be activated:
Mets IF Justin Turner has not progressed from a left intercostal strain and could be placed on the disabled list. Turner had an MRI yesterday in New York before joining the club in Atlanta.
Mets need roster spots to make room for Zack Wheeler and reliever Scott Atchison, and placing Turner on the disabled list would open up a spot. The club is allowed to carry 26 players for previously rescheduled doubleheaders per MLB rules. Leaving New York to make one more move following the nightcap of tonight's doubleheader.
Prior to the injury, Turner was in a 8-for-50 slump, dropping his average from .378 to .266 during that stretch. He was used primarily as a first basemen, but has made spot starts at all four infield positions.
Scott Atchison, on the DL since May 14 with right elbow inflammation, rehabbed in Double-A Binghamton over the weekend and will be activated from the disabled list today.

Brandon Beachy suffers minor setback:
Braves RHP Brandon Beachy had a minor setback following his final rehab start for Triple-A Gwinnett. An MRI revealed elbow inflammation, but showed no structural damage. Beachy was originally slated to start game 1 of today's doubleheader. Braves do not have a timetable for him to take the mound. In his final rehab start Beachy walked three and needed 69 pitches to complete three innings last Thursday night.

Side note:
Paul Maholm is 6-3 in his career against the Mets, posting an ERA of 3.58 in 13 career appearances (12 starts).
Justin Upton, Brian McCann, and BJ Upton were all out of the starting lineup in game one of the doubleheader. All three will be in the lineup for tonight's nightcap.

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