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The Daily Chop: Mets series on deck, Austin Riley, Prospects check in and more

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Ian Anderson will start Friday’s series opener at Citi Field.

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After an ugly and messy loss Wednesday in Boston, the Atlanta Braves will continue their road trip Friday when they begin a three-game series against the NL East leading New York Mets. The Braves enter Friday’s series opener 2.5 games out of first place after New York swept a doubleheader against the Rockies on Thursday.

The series will feature some intriguing pitching matchups. Ian Anderson will start opposite of Taijuan Walker who will be activated from the injured list. Max Fried will match up against David Peterson on Saturday on FOX while Charlie Morton and Jacob deGrom will wrap things up on ESPN Sunday night.

The Braves of course will be without Marcell Ozuna, who fractured two fingers on his left hand in Tuesday’s game in Boston. Atlanta will make a roster move to replace him prior to Friday’s game but will be most likely mixing and matching over the next six weeks to try and plug the hole in their lineup.

More Braves News

Thursday’s Starting Nine focuses on the Braves’ lack of success in spending early picks on position players. It looks like they might have struck gold with Austin Riley who continues to take positive steps.

It is never too early to check in to see how the Braves’ Top 30 prospects are doing almost a month into the 2021 season.

MLB News

Craig Kimbrel nailed down career save No. 359 on Wednesday to move into 11th place on the all-time list passing Troy Percival.

The Mets announced Thursday that they are shutting down Noah Syndergaard from throwing for the next six weeks. An MRI exam revealed no structural damage in his elbow but he is dealing with inflammation in the joint. This setback calls into question whether Syndergaard will be ready to pitch at all during the 2021 season.

Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks underwent surgery on his wrist last week and manager Aaron Boone confirmed on Thursday that it is likely to keep him out for the remainder of the season.

Nick Senzel is scheduled to have knee surgery on Friday and will likely be out for four to six weeks. Senzel hasn’t played since May 17 due to inflammation in the knee.

Finally, one of the craziest plays you will ever see at a baseball game.