After sweeping the Marlins in Atlanta this week, the Braves welcome the New York Mets to Turner Field for the last home series of the 2012 regular season. More importantly, this will be Chipper Jones' final (regular season) home series. "The Ted" as Chipper affectionately calls it is sure to be slammed this weekend as baseball fans from across the country head down to Atlanta to honor #10. The Braves will honor Chipper tonight at 7 p.m. EST in a ceremony televised live on Fox Sports South. Bobby Cox, Dale Murphy, Hank Aaron, and many other Braves' legends will be on hand to honor Chipper in what is sure to be a marvelous backdrop to Atlanta's penultimate regular season series.
The Mets won't just roll over for Chipper in the Braves, as New York comes into this weekend's series as one of the hotter teams in baseball. The Mets have won 6 of their last 7 games, having swept a series with the Marlins and taken 3 of 4 from the Pirates this past week. New York's 6-1 stretch was a welcome sight for the Mets, as prior to that they had lost 11 of their previous 12 games (Including being swept by Atlanta in the beginning of September).
By now, Braves fans should be familiar with the Mets and their lineup, anchored by All-Star third baseman David Wright. Wright has been far and away the best hitter for New York this year, having remained healthy all year and notching a 7.3 WAR campaign (so far). Wright has posted slash stats of .309/.392/.498 while hitting 21 home runs and stealing 14 bases. He also grades out as an excellent defensive third baseman, which has only further served to bolster his value to New York. It's safe to say that the Mets would be in a bad place without him.
The only other Mets batters to qualify for statistical placement are Daniel Murphy and Ike Davis, which tells you all you need to know about the amount of turnover and injuries the Mets have suffered at various positions this year. Murphy has been a pleasant surprise for the Mets this year, posting a respectable 2.0 WAR while playing mostly second base. Ike Davis, after a horrifically bad first half of the year that almost saw him demoted, is beginning to turn things around.
As for the Mets' pitching, it's been all R.A. Dickey since Johan Santana was shut down. Dickey has been a constant force for the Mets all year, and is likely the leading candidate to win the Cy Young award for the National League. Fortunately, Atlanta will miss him in this series, as he pitched yesterday (and picked up his 20th win in the process. Here's a look at the pitching matchups for this weekend's series.
Friday, September 28, 7:35 p.m. EST
|2012 - Tim Hudson||16-6||3.61||1.22||98||47|
|2012 - Jon Niese||12-9||3.49||1.18||152||46|
Saturday, September 29, 7:10 p.m. EST
|2012 - Mike Minor||10-10||4.27||1.18||141||56|
|2012 - Chris Young||4-8||4.21||1.35||74||35|
Sunday, September 30, 1:10 p.m. EST
|2012 - Kris Medlen||9-1||1.64||0.92||116||22|
|2012 - Jenrry Mejia||1-1||4.91||1.91||5||7|