After something of a strange series split in Chicago, the Atlanta Braves traveled to Queens with visions of success against the New York Mets. However, Mike Foltynewicz and company dropped the series opener by virtue of a four-run hole in the first inning, and that leaves the Braves in search of a series-evening victory on Tuesday night. This time, Matt Wisler will take the ball, and he will be opposed by New York's Matt Harvey.
Wisler faces a tall task in opposing a Mets lineup that has been lights-out in recent days, and his job is made more difficult by Atlanta's struggling bats. The 23-year-old right-hander has been quite solid in 2016, posting a team-best 1.07 WHIP on the way to a 4.26 ERA, but Wisler may be feeling the pressure to post a dominant outing, simply because the offense has been the opposite of explosive.
As for his opponent, Matt Harvey hasn't been Matt Harvey to begin the 2016 campaign, compiling an unspectacular 4.76 ERA over 28.1 innings of work. Braves fans will undoubtedly remember Harvey as a hurler with significant upside, but his stuff hasn't been quite as biting this season, leaving the door cracked open for the lineup to be opportunistic in this particular instance.
Per usual, the Braves are seen as the underdog in the eyes of Las Vegas for this match-up, with New York entering as a -230 favorite (or something in that area, depending on where you look) on Tuesday. Atlanta can take solace in the fact that Wisler is capable of big things, though, and if Harvey continues to scuffle a bit, the playing field could be leveled in short order.
Stay tuned throughout the day for all the latest, and let's do this together.
Game Date/Time: Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 7:10 pm ET
Location: Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia
TV: Fox Sports Southeast, MLB.tv (streaming)
Radio: 680 AM, 93.7 FM (Flagship in Atlanta), WYAY 106.7, Braves Radio Network