Coming off of a split in Boston, the Atlanta Braves are scheduled to open a key three-game series against the NL East leading New York Mets. I say scheduled because Friday’s forecast for Flushing is calling for heavy rain throughout the evening which would seemingly put Friday’s opener in jeopardy.
If they are able to get the game in, then it will feature a pitching matchup between Atlanta’s Ian Anderson and New York’s Taijuan Walker.
Anderson has been a key part of the Braves’ rotation since making his debut last August. He has pitched well of late allowing just one run in his last two starts. Anderson allowed six hits and struck out six over six scoreless frames last time out against the Pirates. Perhaps more importantly for Atlanta’s bullpen, he has lasted at least six innings in four of his last five outings.
The Mets plan to activate Walker from the 10-day injured list in time to make Friday’s start. Walker experienced some tightness in his left side in a start against Atlanta back on May 17. He left that game after three innings but the injury didn’t see to have an effect on his performance as he limited the Braves to just one hit and struck out two over those three innings. Walker has been rock solid all season and looks like one of the better pitching pickups of the offseason.
The Braves will be without injured outfielder Marcell Ozuna, who is expected to miss six weeks after fracturing two fingers while sliding into third base in Tuesday’s game against the Red Sox. The team placed Ozuna on the 10-day injured list Friday and recalled infielder Johan Camargo to fill the spot on the active roster. This likely means that we will see Guillermo Heredia in left and Ender Inciarte in center with Ehire Adrianza serving as the fourth outfielder for this weekend’s series.
First pitch from Citi Field is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET and can be seen on Bally Sports South. We will pass along any updates in regards to the weather as they become available.
Game Date/Time: Friday, May 28, 7:10 p.m. ET
Location: Citi Field, Flushing, New York
TV: Bally Sports South, MLB Network
Radio: 680 AM / 93.7 FM The Fan, WNNX 100.5, Braves Radio Network