Hello Braves fans. After a day off yesterday, Atlanta begins the final stretch run toward the playoffs with a three-game series against the New York Mets in Atlanta.
The Mets were officially eliminated from playoff contention on Wednesday, and they have lost 10 of their past 14 games. New York has a 71-79 record on the season, 27 games back of the Phillies.
As a team, the Mets are second in the National League in batting average (.264), second in on-base average (.334), tied for eighth in slugging percentage (.392), sixth in wOBA (.320), and tied for second in wRC+ (102).
Individually, it starts with Jose Reyes. While he has been battling his hamstring injury during the second half of the season, he's still performing well. On the year, he is hitting .331/.374/.484 with a .377 wOBA and a 141 wRC+. Reyes also paces the Mets with 35 steals.
David Wright in 90 games has hit .263/.356/.439 with a 124 wRC+. Lucas Duda has also hit well, putting together a line of .281/.354/.463. Interestingly enough, Jason Bay is hitting worse on the road than he is at Citi Field. Bay on the road in 2011 has hit .218/.295/.329.
Josh Thole is hitting .259/.342/.341 so far on the year, while Ruben Tejada is at .274/.352/.326 and Angel Pagan is hitting .264/.321/.380 with 31 steals. Bay and Wright lead the Mets with 12 home runs apiece.
Pitching matchups and a look at the Mets bullpen after the jump.
Friday September 16th, 7:35 PM EDT
In game one of the series, Derek Lowe (9-14, 4.70 ERA, 3.55 FIP, 3.60 xFIP) takes on Chris Capuano. On the year, Capuano is 10-12 with a 4.49 ERA, 3.88 FIP, and 3.71 xFIP. He strikes out just under eight batters per nine innings and walks 2.54 per nine innings. Capuano features a fastball, slider, and change-up, with the fastball and change being his primary pitches. He doesn't throw hard at all, averaging a velocity of 87.6 with his fastball. In his last outing against Atlanta, Capuano dominated, throwing nine innings of shut out ball while giving up two hits and striking out 13.
Saturday September 17th, 4:10 PM EDT
Game two of the series features Tim Hudson (14-10, 3.32 ERA, 3.55 FIP, 3.58 xFIP) against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. In 2011, Dickey is 8-12 with a 3.43 ERA, 3.79 FIP, and 3.89 xFIP. In his last outing against the Braves, he held Atlanta to two runs and five hits in seven innings of work while walking none and striking out five.
Sunday September 18th, 1:35 PM EDT
In the series finale, Brandon Beachy (7-2, 3.43 ERA, 3.25 FIP, 3.16 xFIP) takes on Dillon Gee. Gee enters with a record of 12-6 with a 4.37 ERA, 4.61 FIP, and 4.41 xFIP. Gee strikes out only 6.47 per nine innings while walking over three batters per nine. When he last faced Atlanta, Gee lasted six innings, giving up four hits and three runs while walking two and striking out six.
Bobby Parnell -RH
Pedro Beato -RH
Tim Byrdak -LH
Manny Acosta -RH
DJ Carrasco -RH
Ryota Igarashi -RH
Josh Stinson -RH
Daniel Herrera -LH
Carlos Schwinden -RH
Atlanta has a good chance to get two out of three from the Mets here, as both Hudson and Beachy have the advantage in their pitching match-ups. Hopefully the Braves have learned how to hit Capuano after getting dominated by him the last time around.