Series Preview: Atlanta Braves at New York Mets

Is it possible to suck any more than Ike Davis does right now? - Al Bello

The Braves make their first trip to Citi Field to battle the Mets as they try to extend their six-game winning streak.

The Braves ride a six-game winning streak into Queens for a three-game weekend series against the Mets. Atlanta's hot stretch has extended their division lead to 4.5 games over Washington.

Since their last meeting with the Braves, the Mets have fallen hard, losing 11 of 16 games to fall 10 games out of first place. Not even the addition of Rick Ankiel, who's hitting .323 in nine games since the Mets claimed him on May 13, has helped to generate much winning. Among those 11 losses is a six-game losing streak and in those 16 games, the Mets are hitting just .215.

David Wright's been doing his part, hitting .296 for the month of May. He was held hitless against Cincinnati, which snapped a seven-game hitting streak during which he hit .393 (11-28). In addition to Wright, Marlon Byrd and Daniel Murphy are also swinging the bats well: Byrd is hitting .308 in 13 games, Murphy .319 in 19 games.

Meanwhile, the plight of Ike Davis continues. Since starting May with six hits in his first seven games, he has a grand total of one...ONE...hit in 41 plate appearances (38 at-bats) with 14 strikeouts covering 11 games; that translates to a batting average of .026. Not even B.J. Upton, who carries a .155 avg. into the series, has seen such an extreme level of suck. In fact, Adam Rubin of ESPN says Davis may be sent to the minors before too long.

The Mets' failure isn't entirely the offense's fault. Outside of Matt Harvey, of course, New York's starting rotation has been simply atrocious. The other four starters are a combined 2-9 in May with a 6.44 ERA, but let's not forget that the Mets bullpen is the worst in the NL with a 4.73 ERA. FIP has been the kindest to Shaun Marcum this month (6.23 ERA, 3.73 FIP), but even when looking at FIP, the rotation has been pretty bad (Hefner: 6.19 ERA, 4.10 FIP; Gee: 6.16 ERA, 4.40 FIP; Niese: 7.06 ERA, 4.88 FIP).

One interesting tidbit is that closer Bobby Parnell has three of the team's seven wins this month, and all three came within the team's first six games. No other pitcher on the staff has more than one.

Friday, May 24, 7:10 p.m. ET - SportSouth

Kris Medlen

#54 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

5-10

190

B

R

Oct 07, 1985

W-L ERA WHIP K BB
2013 - Kris Medlen 1-5 3.02 1.32 38 22

Jeremy Hefner

#53 / Pitcher / New York Mets

6-4

215

R

R

Mar 11, 1986

W-L ERA WHIP K BB
2013 - Jeremy Hefner 0-5 5.00 1.33 30 18

Saturday, May 25, 7:15 p.m. ET - FOX

Mike Minor

#36 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

6-4

205

R

L

Dec 26, 1987

W-L ERA WHIP K BB
2013 - Mike Minor 5-2 2.78 0.96 51 12

Dillon Gee

#35 / Pitcher / New York Mets

6-1

205

R

R

Apr 28, 1986

W-L ERA WHIP K BB
2013 - Dillon Gee 2-5 6.04 1.75 33 17

Sunday, May 26, 8:00 p.m. ET - ESPN

Julio Teheran

#49 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

6-2

175

R

R

Jan 27, 1991

W-L ERA WHIP K BB
2013 - Julio Teheran 3-1 3.99 1.35 30 9

Shaun Marcum

#38 / Pitcher / New York Mets

6-0

195

R

R

Dec 14, 1981

W-L ERA WHIP K BB
2013 - Shaun Marcum 0-5 6.59 1.57 20 8
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