clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Braves/Mets Game Preview: Chacin tries to shut down Mets power surge

New, 1 comment

Jhoulys Chacin has looked impressive in his first two starts with the Braves, and looks for his first win against a surging Mets offense.

Greg Fiume/Getty Images

Never before in Mets history has a team hit so many home runs in such a short time frame.

Curtis Granderson's two homers in the series opener has given the Mets 21 in their last seven games; they're slugging a healthy .613 as a team in that stretch. Bud Norris was the unfortunate victim in that game, but today the Mets will have to face Jhoulys Chacin, who has impressed the Braves in his first two starts of the 2016 season.

Chacin has allowed just three runs on nine hits in 11.1 innings, and has yet to walk a batter (knock on wood) while striking out 14. This will be his first home start of the season, and will be facing a Mets team he hasn't seen since 2014.

The Mets will counter with lefty Steven Matz, who was shelled in his first start of the season but responded with seven innings of shutout ball and nine strikeouts against Cleveland on Sunday. He's faced the Braves one other time last September in a 5-1 win. Matz will be trying to notch the sixth straight win for the Mets in Atlanta, which hasn't happened since 1985-86.

Meanwhile, the Braves will be trying to avoid a fourth straight loss after winning four in a row. Yoenis Cespedes reaggravated a leg bruise yesterday and is considered day-to-day.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Saturday, April 23, 2016, 7:10 p.m. ET
Location: Turner Field, Atlanta, GA
TV: FOX Sports South, MLB TV
Radio: 680 AM/93.7 FM, WYAY 106.7 FM, Braves Radio Network