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Mike Soroka will try to bounce back against the Mets after a rare bad start for Braves

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After Mike Soroka proved that he is actually a human and still a rookie, he’ll be trying to get back into the swing of things with another good start — this time, against the Mets.

Pittsburgh Pirates v Atlanta Braves Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

After picking up a big series victory against the Phillies, the Braves are trying to continue what’s been a fantastic start to June with another good series against another divisional rival — the New York Mets.

Coming into this series, the two teams appear to be going in opposite directions. The Braves have been going on a tear this month, and they are coming off of a week where they swept the Pirates over four games and took two out of three against the Phillies in emphatic fashion. Meanwhile, the Mets are coming off of a four-game series with the Cardinals where they only won once and in that game, they lost Noah Syndergaard to the Injury List with a strained right hamstring. The Braves are hitting their stride and the Mets are trying to at least stay within sight of .500, as they are currently 34-37.

New York will be going into this game hoping that Zack Wheeler can bounce back from a calamitous start during the Subway Series against the Yankees. The Yanks tagged Wheeler for nine runs (five of which were earned) and it was definitely a matter of the pinstriped crew just squaring up on what Wheeler was giving them as he only walked one batter the entire game. However, he gave up 10 hits (including two dingers) and didn’t make it out of the fifth inning. Even though Wheeler managed to keep the Braves’ offense in check back in April, things are different now. Atlanta’s offense is on a roll and it would be a tough task for anybody to stop them right now.

Speaking of bouncing back, Mike Soroka will also have redemption on his mind. After spending nearly the entire season pitching at a high level, Soroka finally had an off night against the Pirates. He gave up five runs over five innings and the biggest shock of all is that he actually surrendered a home run. Soroka currently has 70.1 innings under his belt and when using that number of IP as a threshold, Soroka currently has the third best Ground Ball rate in all of baseball, as he’s sitting at 57 percent. Conversely, his Home Run-to-Fly Ball rate is currently at a microscopic 5.3 percent, so it was absolutely shocking to see him actually give up a ball that both went into the air and over the fence.

Hopefully, the Pittsburgh game was just an anomaly and we’ll continue to see what we’ve come to expect from Mike Soroka as this season has progressed. He had a solid run of 10 great starts, so Soroka was probably due for a bad outing at some point. Plus, Soroka already has two good starts against the Mets from 2018 under his belt, so hopefully he can continue the good mojo he’s had going — both against the Mets and as a starter in general.

Basically, the Mets and Braves already appear to be going in two separate directions. one team is doing well, while the other team could be headed for disappointment. The obvious hope is that the Braves can keep the good times rolling at home in SunTrust Park, and continue what they started against Philadelphia when it comes to beating teams within their division.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Monday, June 17, 7:20 p.m. ET

Location: SunTrust Park, Atlanta, Georgia

TV: Fox Sports Southeast

Streaming: MLB.tv

Radio: 680 AM / 93.7 FM The Fan, Rock 100.5, Braves Radio Network