Braves at Mets Series Recap

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 07: Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets is injured as Jose Constanza #17 of the Atlanta Braves steals second base in the seventh inning at Citi Field on August 7, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Following their first day off since the All-Star Break, the Braves take two of three from the Mets in New York. They are now 8.5 games back in the division and have a 3.5-game lead in the Wild Card race.

Tim Hudson was dominating again in his win Friday. He has been perhaps the most consistent Braves starter this year, as he's posted a 6-1 record in his last nine starts and lowered his ERA to 3.22.

Tommy Hanson, on the other hand, was dreadful in his start. He left a lot of pitches up and they got hammered, four of them for home runs and two to Justin Turner, who only had two home runs all season until Saturday. Since the Break, Hanson is 1-3 in five starts with an ERA of 8.10; opposing hitters are hitting .313 against him. His shoulder could be bothering him again.

Dan Uggla was 5-for-14 in the series and extended his hitting streak to 28 games. However, Freddie Freeman's hitting streak came to end Sunday at 20 games. Still, it's good to see Uggla hitting the way everyone's expected him to and with Freeman hitting the way he has lately, he's making a very strong case for NL Rookie of the Year.

This was a series of major-league firsts for Jose Constanza: his first triple, his first stolen base and his first home run. He was 5-for-11 in the series and has a seven-game hitting streak.

Alex Gonzalez also had a good series: he was 5-for-14 in the series and has an eight-game hitting streak. He hit his first home run since June 16 in Sunday's win.

Mike Minor pitched Sunday in place of Jair Jurrjens, who was placed on the DL with a knee ailment. Minor struck out five in 5.2 innings, but didn't get the win.

Despite the win Sunday, the Braves offense demonstrated an example of hitting futility: hitters left 14 runners on base in Sunday's game alone, while leaving a total of 15 runners on over the first two games of the series.

Dillon Gee had two hits Sunday, giving opposing pitchers a .158 batting average against the Braves. Considering how many hits the Braves seem to give up to pitchers lately, that's not the worst in the NL. That honor belongs to the Pirates (.176) with the Mets right behind them (.175).

NEXT OPPONENT:

The Braves end the road trip against the Marlins starting Monday.

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