Monday, July 22, 2013

Game 99 Preview: Atlanta Braves (55-43) at New York Mets (43-51)

Pitching Probables:
RHP Julio Teheran (ATL) 7-5, 3.35 ERA
RHP Dillon Gee (NYM) 7-7, 4.32 ERA

Tonight's Starting Lineups (7:10 pm ET, SportSouth):

Braves (career vs. Gee):
Andrelton Simmons - SS (2-7, 2B, K)
Jason Heyward - CF (8-19, HR, 2 RBI, 5 BB, 4 K)
Justin Upton - RF (4-15, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB, 7 K)
Freddie Freeman - 1B (5-18, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, K)
Brian McCann - C (3-16, 2B, 3 BB, 2 K)
Evan Gattis - LF (0-6, 2 K)
Dan Uggla - 2B (4-24, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, 5 K)
Chris Johnson - 3B (3-7, 2B, RBI, BB, 2 K)
Julio Teheran - P (0-1)

Mets (career vs. Teheran):
Eric Young Jr. - LF (2-4, K)
Daniel Murphy - 2B (0-2, BB)
David Wright - 3B (1-5, HR, 3 RBI)
Marlon Byrd - RF (0-2, BB, K)
Ike Davis - 1B (1-2, BB)
John Buck - C (0-3, K)
Kirk Nieuwenhuis - CF (N/A)
Omar Quintanilla - SS (N/A)
Dillon Gee - P (0-1, K)

Mets SP Dillon Gee can't catch a break against the Braves this season. In the Mets' first meeting with Atlanta this season, on May 25, the Mets offense struck out 12 times and did not give Gee any run support in a 6-0 loss. Then, on June 17, after tossing 8 1/3 near-perfect innings at Turner Field, Gee surrendered a single and a Freddie Freeman walk-off homer to take a brutal 2-1 loss.
Mets offense looks to give Gee some much needed run support and continue to play spoiler in the NL East as they kick off a four-game set with the first-place Braves tonight at Citi Field. Since Gee's latest misfortune against the Braves, he has posted a 2.73 ERA in his last four starts, pitching at least six innings in each. He managed to pull his record to .500 for the first time this season in his last start before the All-Star break against the Pirates. Gee scattered five hits over 6 2/3 innings in the 4-2 win, despite battling blisters on his feet.
Braves starter Julio Teheran limped into the break with one of his shortest outings of the season and will take the mound tonight in hopes that the extra days of rest solves his recent fatigue issues. In his final start before the All-Star break, Teheran lasted 5 1/3 innings while giving up five earned runs to the Reds. In his only start this season against the Mets, Teheran allowed just one run, but was tagged with the loss back on May 26.

Braves call up Kameron Loe, send Pastornicky to Gwinnett:
After Paul Maholm's early exit on Saturday put added strain on the bullpen, the Braves purchased the contract of reliever Kameron Loe from Triple-A Gwinnett before Sunday's game. To make room for Loe, Braves optioned INF Tyler Pastornicky to Gwinnett. Pastornicky had appeared in 12 games this season for the Braves, hitting .353 while seeing playing time at second base, shortstop, and center field.
Loe made 11 relief appearances for the Cubs and Mariners earlier in the season before signing a Minor League contract with the Braves on May 11. In 21 appearances for Gwinnett, Loe has a 3.19 ERA while holding opponents to a .252 batting average.

Paul Maholm injury update:
Maholm, who left Saturday's game against the White Sox with a sprained left wrist, returned to Atlanta on Sunday to have his wrist examined. The club did not rule out the veteran left-hander for his next start, which is scheduled to come Thursday afternoon against rookie Zack Wheeler in the series finale against the Mets.

Jason Heyward back in lineup:
Heyward missed his sixth consecutive game Sunday, recovering from a strained right hamstring, but would have been available as a defensive replacement if needed. The Braves starting right fielder is back in the lineup for the first time since July 11 and will hit second in the lineup. Heyward will also play in center field until BJ Upton is activated from the 15-day disabled list.

Mets' Justin Turner activated from disabled list:
Mets INF Justin Turner is ready to return from a strained left intercoastal that landed him on the disabled list back on June 18. Manager Terry Collins stated that it is likely that Turner could replace one of the 13 pitchers on the 25-man roster. Turner went 0-for-2 with a walk on Saturday while rehabbing for Class A Brooklyn and has hit .280 in eight rehab games.

Side note:
Braves and Mets have split their 12 meeting this season.
Braves C Gerald Laird left Sunday's game in the fourth inning with a left hand contusion after being hit by White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana. Laird was listed as day-to-day.
Mets have surged to within three games of third place Washington in the NL East, winning seven of their last 10 games.

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