Series Preview: Braves at Mets

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The Braves come to New York for a three game set

I am proudly reporting live from Citi Field as the Braves come to New York for a three game series against the Mets. The Braves have won every series this year aside from the one they played against the Mets, so a 2-1 series win would even up the season series.

The Braves won't have quite the same firepower on the mound as they had in Philadelphia as Aaron Harang, Ervin Santana, and David Hale will each make a start. The weather is predicted to be fine all weekend so there should be no risk of rain delays.

In facing the Mets not too long ago they should be facing more-or-less the same group. The Mets are 8-7 with a 0 run differential so they have played exactly like a league average team thus far. They are fresh off of a sweep of the lowly Arizona Diamondbacks but that was on the road and for whatever reason over the past number of years the Mets have played much better away from Citi Field.

Here are the probable starters:

Friday April 18, 7:10pm ET

Aaron Harang (ATL) 3 starts, 2-1, 0.96 ERA, 8.20 K/9, 2.89 BB/9

vs.

Jon Niese (NYM) 2 starts, 0-1, 3.46 ERA, 6.23 K/9, 1.38 BB/9

Saturday April 19, 7:10pm ET

Ervin Santana (ATL): 2 starts, 1-0, 0.64 ERA, 10.93 K/9, 1.29 BB/9

vs.

Bartolo Colon (NYM): 3 starts, 1-2, 6.00 ERA, 6.00 K/9, 1.00 BB/9

Sunday April 20, 1:10pm ET

David Hale (ATL): 2 starts, 0-0, 2.89 ERA, 5.79 K/9, 6.75 BB/9

vs.

Zack Wheeler (NYM): 3 starts, 1-2, 4.67 ERA, 7.79 K/9, 2.60 BB/9

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