Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets Series Preview

"Niese" is probably some foreign word for "horrible nose job". Don't look directly at it, or you'll turn to stone!

The Braves are suddenly on a hot streak. After losing four straight to begin the season, including suffering a sweep at the hands of those darned Mets, the Braves have won five in a row. This may or may not have to do with the return of Chipper Jones to the lineup. All he's done since returning is hit .417 with a pair of home runs and five RBI (In before "SSS"). Whether it's Chipper or the superstitious of us who refuse to bathe,* it sparked a winning streak and the Braves look to exact revenge on the Mets this week.

Since the sweep, the Mets are 3-3 and are ½ game out of first behind Washington and only one game ahead of the Braves.

*- Former MLB pitcher Ross Grimsley was known for his refusal to bathe during a winning streak. His nickname was "Scuz". Stats

Pitching matchups and Mets roster after the jump.

Monday, April 16, 7:10 p.m. ET

Dillon Gee

#35 / Pitcher / New York Mets

6-1

205

R

R

Apr 28, 1986

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Dillon Gee 0-1 1 1 0 0 0 0 5.1 8 4 3 1 1 6 5.06 1.69

Tommy Hanson

#48 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

6-6

220

R

R

Aug 28, 1986

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Tommy Hanson 1-1 2 2 0 0 0 0 10.0 10 3 3 0 6 12 2.70 1.60

Tuesday, April 17, 7:10 p.m. ET

Johan Santana

#57 / Pitcher / New York Mets

6-0

210

L

L

Mar 13, 1979

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Johan Santana 0-1 2 2 0 0 0 0 10.0 7 1 1 0 5 13 0.90 1.20

Randall Delgado

#40 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

6-3

200

R

R

Feb 09, 1990

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Randall Delgado 1-0 1 1 0 0 0 0 5.0 5 2 2 1 2 6 3.60 1.40

Wednesday, April 18, 12:10 p.m. ET

R.A. Dickey

#43 / Pitcher / New York Mets

6-2

220

R

R

Oct 29, 1974

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - R.A. Dickey 2-0 2 2 0 0 0 0 13.0 14 3 3 2 5 10 2.08 1.46

Jair Jurrjens

#49 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

6-1

200

R

R

Jan 29, 1986

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Jair Jurrjens 0-1 2 2 0 0 0 0 9.1 14 8 8 4 5 6 7.71 2.04


METS BULLPEN

R - Manny Acosta
R - Miguel Batista
L - Tim Byrdak
R - Frank Francisco (closer)
R - Bobby Parnell
R - Ramon Ramirez
R - Jon Rauch

METS STARTERS

R - Jason Bay
L - Ike Davis
L - Lucas Duda
L - Daniel Murphy
L - Kirk Nieuwenhuis
R - Ruben Tejada
L - Josh Thole
R - David Wright

METS BENCH

L - Mike Baxter
R - Ronny Cedeno
R - Scott Hairston
R - Mike Nickeas
R - Justin Turner

NOTES

In the six games following the Braves series, the Mets hit .217 as a team with 15 extra-base hits (nine doubles, six HR); Ike Davis hit his first home run of the season Sunday, while Nieuwenhuis hit the first home run of his career April 9; David Wright is hitting .571 (12-for-21) and has only struck out twice in six games played this season; Randall Delgado will be making his first career start against the Mets, and is looking for the first home win of his career (five previous home starts: 0-1, 3.60 ERA); Eric O'Flaherty has already allowed half the run total he allowed all of 2011 (4 ER in 3.2 IP this year, 8 ER in 73.2 IP in 2011).

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