The Atlanta Braves will make the final stop on their 10-game road trip when they open a three-game set in New York against the Mets. The Braves took 2-of-3 in first meeting between the two teams at SunTrust Park.
Atlanta has gone 4-3 on its current road trip splitting four in Cincinnati before taking 2-of-3 in Philadelphia over the weekend. The Braves are currently tied for second in the NL East with a 16-11 record and are 1.5 games back of the Mets.
New York got off to a red hot start winning 11-of-12 to begin the season. However they have gone just 6-8 since. They did win 2-of-3 against the Padres over the weekend to end their road trip on a good note.
Tuesday, May 1, 7:10 p.m. ET (Fox Sports Southeast)
Sean Newcomb (2018: 5 GS, 1-1 W-L, 28.1 K%, 11.6 BB%, 4.23 ERA, 3.65 FIP, 3.59 xFIP
Newcomb has been a pleasant surprise for the Braves so far this season. After allowing five earned runs in his first start, he has allowed just eight in his last four outings. He struggled a bit against the Reds late allowing five hits and four runs in six innings in his last start. He limited the Mets to just three hits and two runs over six on April 20.
Noah Syndergaard (2018: 6 GS, 2-0 W-L, 32.9 K%, 3.6 BB%, 2.86 ERA, 2.17 FIP, 2.12 xFIP)
Syndergaard has looked dominant so far in 2018 recording a strikeout rate of just under 33 percent. He allowed six hits and one earned run over 7.1 innings in his last start against the Cardinals. Syndergaard has faced Atlanta once earlier this year and took a no-decision after allowing seven hits and three runs over six innings. That was only the second time this season that Syndergaard has allowed more than two runs in a start.
Wednesday, May 2, 7:10 p.m. ET (Fox Sports Southeast)
Julio Teheran (2018: 6 GS, 1-1 W-L, 22.8 K%, 12.6 BB%, 4.50 ERA, 5.55 FIP, 4.81 xFIP)
Teheran left his last outing after 43 pitches with what was determined upper trapezius tightness near his right shoulder. However, he did complete a bullpen session on Sunday and is penciled in to start Wednesday’s game. The Braves scratched top pitching prospect Mike Soroka from his scheduled start on Sunday as insurance for Teheran.
Teheran allowed nine earned runs over his first eight innings of the season but has given up just six since including three in his brief appearance against the Phillies on Friday. His best start of the season came against the Mets on April 21 when he fired seven shut out innings allowing four hits while striking out six.
Jacob deGrom (2018: 6 GS, 3-0 W-L, 31.0 K%, 7.1 BB%, 2.06 ERA, 2.32 FIP, 2.72 xFIP)
The Mets have one of the best pitching tandems in the league with Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom who will get the start on Wednesday. DeGrom threw 7.1 shut out innings allowing five hits to go along with eight strikeouts. He struck out 10 over seven shut out innings but didn’t factor in the decision in his last start against the Braves.
Thursday, May 3, 1:10 p.m. ET (Fox Sports Southeast)
Mike Foltynewicz (2018: 6 GS, 2-1 W-L, 29.3 K%, 11.3 BB%, 2.53 ERA, 3.87 FIP, 3.70 xFIP)
Foltynewicz has been another pleasant surprise for the Braves this season. He allowed just three hits and one run over six innings in his last start in Philadelphia. Folty has allowed just six hits and three runs over his last two outings.
Jason Vargas (2018: 1 GS, 0-1 W-L, 21.7 K%, 13.0 BB%, 22.09 ERA, 10.00 FIP, 5.03 xFIP)
The Mets will counter with lefty Jason Vargas on Thursday who will be making his second start of the season. Vargas got knocked around in his first start at San Diego allowing nine hits and nine runs in just 3.2 innings against the Padres. He hasn’t faced Atlanta since 2006 when he was a member of the Marlins.