Open Thread 4/18: Braves at Mets

Kevin C. Cox

Aaron Harang vs. Jon Niese

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The first game of a three game set begins with Aaron Harang on the mound against Jon Niese. The Braves are going with a right-handed heavy lineup against the southpaw. For Niese's career, he has allowed righties to hit .270/.332/.414 against him, so sitting Jason Heyward in favor of Ryan Doumit is understandable if he was planning on finding a day to get him off anyway.

The defense without Heyward and with Doumit obviously takes a big hit, and Harang has been a high percentage fly ball pitcher so far, so hopefully that decision does not come back to bite them.

The Mets have not yet released their lineup, most likely due to a trade they are currently making. When they fill out their lineup card I will update the post.

Today's Lineups

ATLANTA BRAVES NEW YORK METS
Andrelton Simmons - SS Eric Young Jr. - LF
B.J. Upton - CF Daniel Murphy - 2B
Freddie Freeman - 1B David Wright - 3B
Justin Upton - LF Curtis Granderson - RF
Evan Gattis - C Chris Young - CF
Dan Uggla - 2B Lucas Duda - 1B
Chris Johnson - 3B Travis d'Arnaud - C
Ryan Doumit - RF Ruben Tejada - SS
Aaron Harang - RHP Jon Niese - LHP
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