The Atlanta Braves have enjoyed success this week in Queens, taking the first two games against the New York Mets in enjoyable fashion. On Thursday afternoon, the same two teams will be together again and, this time, Julio Teheran will take the ball for the visitors in search of a sweep over a division rival.
Teheran exited his last start after less than 50 pitches and his ailment was described as tightness in his right upper trapezius. If nothing else, it was (quite) clear that the veteran right-hander was not operating at full capacity and, with that in mind, he was granted an extra day of rest (his previous start came on Friday) with Mike Soroka filling the gap.
After a successful bullpen session, Teheran was given the go-ahead and it will be very interesting to see how he fares in this spot. The Mets enter this game with a bottom-third offense (.699 team OPS) but Teheran has battled command issues (4.8 BB/9 this season) and, in short, his stuff hasn’t been devastating in the majority of his early outings.
In opposition, the Mets will send Jason Vargas to the hill and, while the 35-year-old left-hander has plenty of experience, his 2018 campaign isn’t off to the best start. Vargas didn’t appear in a game until April 28 and, when he arrived, he was unceremoniously shelled to the tune of nine earned runs over less than four innings of work. It remains to be seen as to whether that is something of a new normal for Vargas and, of course, Atlanta will be hoping that it is.
The Braves continue to be obscenely hot at the plate and, on paper, this is a favorable match-up in that regard. It is certainly fun to chronicle this team right now and, if nothing else, the chance to break out the brooms against the Mets isn’t something to ignore. Stay tuned.
Time/Date: Thursday, May 3, 1:10 pm ET
Location: Citi Field
TV: FOX Sports Southeast
Radio: 680 AM/93.7 FM, 106.7 FM Braves Radio Network