After spending the entirety of last week playing eight road games in seven days, the Braves are back at home after a day off on Monday. That’s all the rest they’ll get, as they’ll be taking on one of those teams that they faced last week. This time it’s at home but the Mets are coming to town.
If anybody is chomping at the bit to see the Mets again, it’s Charlie Morton. Morton has faced New York twice this season and both times have been successful outings for the veteran hurler. He’s pitched 13 innings against the Mets and has only given up three hits, two walks, and one run over that span. He also has nineteen strikeouts and a 100 percent strand rate against the Mets — the only run that New York has scored on Charlie Morton this season was a home run from Jonathan Villar. Other than that, Charlie Morton has done very well against the Mets in two starts against them so far. Naturally, it would be a tough task to pull off the trifecta but considering how well Morton has pitched against New York so far this season, it would be shocking if things took a complete 180 this time around.
Meanwhile, the Braves lineup will also be getting reacquainted with Tylor Megill. His major league debut came against the Braves last week and the rookie looked like he belonged for the 4.2 innings that he pitched against Atlanta. With that being said, they’ll probably need more from him this time around if Charlie Morton continues his excellence against the Mets. His relatively short stint was more than enough for the Mets since the Braves were forced into their bullpen pretty early on in the game. Again, if Morton has another long stint and the Braves lineup figures out Megill in their second go-around, then this could be a golden chance for the Braves to pick up a game on New York.
Additionally, the Mets are looking a little vulnerable at the moment. They’ve had to run the NL East gauntlet since June 18 and they’ve had a tough time navigating the divisional waters. They’ve gone 5-8 during that span, with two of those losses coming at their home against our Braves. The gauntlet continues for them as they will be playing a baseball game in a third different city in three days when the first pitch is thrown tonight in Cobb County.
For the Mets, this is a test to see if they can continue to stay above water as they’ve entered into some extremely choppy seas at the moment. For the Braves, it’s a chance to pick up a crucial divisional win in a race that they themselves are desperately trying to stay in as we near the halfway point of the season. Also, it’s the Braves and the Mets, so you know that the odds are in favor of this game being exciting almost solely because these two teams have a habit of producing interesting games against each other.
Game Date/Time: Tuesday, June 29, 7:20 p.m. ET
Location: Truist Park, Atlanta, GA
TV: Bally Sports South, MLB Network (out-of-market only)
Radio: 680 AM / 93.7 FM The Fan, WNNX 100.5, Braves Radio Network