Even after everything that has gone wrong this season, the Atlanta Braves are still in the thick of things in the NL East. The Braves closed to four games of the division lead with a 3-0 win over the New York Mets Tuesday night. They will have an opportunity to cut into that lead more when they wrap up a four game series at Citi Field Wednesday night.
Before Charlie Morton turned in a dazzling performance Tuesday night, Atlanta’s pitching staff took another hit when it was announced that Max Fried was headed to the injured list with a blister on his left index finger. Brian Snitker called the move “precautionary” before Tuesday game and the hope is that Fried will be ready to go when he is eligible to return from the injured list.
That means Wednesday’s start will go to Kyle Wright who will be making his second start of the season at the Major League level. Wright got the start at Wrigley Field back on April 16 where he allowed three hits and two runs in 4 1/3 innings. He also walked two and hit four batters in a rather forgettable performance.
Wright has made eight starts for Gwinnett with varying degrees of success. The overall numbers (3.76 ERA, 4.14 FIP) are good enough but the command is still lacking as his four walks per nine suggests. So to summarize, not much has changed with Wright in 2021. He has the skill to be an effective Major League starter but the Braves are still waiting for him to put it all together.
Atlanta isn’t going to get any sympathy from the Mets in regards to their pitching woes. New York saw starter Marcus Stroman exit Tuesday’s game during the second inning with a hip injury. That came on the heels of the news that starter Joey Lucchesi needs Tommy John surgery while relievers Robert Gsellman and Jerry’s Familia were also placed on the injured list.
Which leads to Wednesday where 6’7” right-hander Tylor Megill will make his Major League debut. Megill began the season in Double-A where he struck out just under 15 batters per nine across five starts. He has made three starts at Triple-A and is still averaging better than a strikeout an inning while posting a 3.77 ERA and a 4.08 FIP in 14 1/3 innings. Megill is the Mets’ No. 25 prospect according to FanGraphs.
Guillermo Heredia was a late scratch from Tuesday’s lineup due to wrist inflammation. It didn’t sound like the team thinks it is too serious but he will probably be out of the lineup for a couple of days.
Coverage Wednesday is scheduled to get underway at 7:10 p.m. ET and can be seen on Bally Sports South.
Game Date/Time: Wednesday, June 23, 7:10 p.m. ET
Location: Citi Field, Flushing, New York
TV: Bally Sports South
Radio: 680 AM / 93.7 FM The Fan, WNNX 100.5, Braves Radio Network