While the Braves will avoid seeing Noah Syndergaard this weekend, the offense will still have to end up dealing with two of the Mets' fearsome threesome at the top of their rotation. With that being said, the Braves will be facing Matt Harvey tonight, and this is just about as good of a time to face Harvey as any, as he's started off the season in a bit of a struggle.
Harvey has started the season off with a 5.71 ERA and a 3.76 FIP over 3 starts, and has yet to come out on the winning end of a pitcher result. Granted, Harvey will probably be salivating to take on the Braves' currently anemic offense, but Harvey also had trouble against the Phillies and their offense, and that's the closest contemporary to Atlanta's offense right now. So, if Philadelphia can have a decent amount of success against Harvey, then there's hope for the Braves tonight.
Meanwhile, the Braves will be sending Bud Norris to the mound for tonight's contest. After Norris delivered a pretty good stat against the nationals in his first start of the season, he's been average at best over his past two starts, and he'll need to be better than that in order to keep this powerful Mets offense at bay. One Mets batter to watch out for tonight vs. Norris will be Neil Walker. Over 23 at bats, Walker is hitting .391/.517/.565 against Norris, so if anyone is going to have some big success against Norris tonight (other than the usual suspects like Yoenis Cespedes, for instance), it will probably be Neil Walker.
Even with Harvey struggling, the Braves will still be in for a major challenge tonight. The Mets are still the defending National League pennant winners, and while they haven't come out of the gate on fire, they've still shown flashes of being a very solid team again, and the Braves will have to be at their best to get a victory tonight and throughout the rest of the series.
Game Date/Time: Friday, April 22, 7:35 p.m. ET
Location: Turner Field, Atlanta, Ga.
TV: FOX Sports South, MLB.tv
Radio: 680 AM/93.7 FM, Braves Radio Network, WYAY 106.7