After splitting yesterday’s series-opening doubleheader, the Braves and the Mets continue on with what figures to be a very, very crucial series with the trade deadline looming.
For the second game in a row, there’s a little bit of uncertainty as to who’s going to be doing the starting pitching for the Mets. The second game of yesterday’s doubleheader ended up being a bullpen game for New York and it actually ended up working out really well for them. However, doing a bullpen game two days in a row seems like a bit of risky move on their part but if any team could do it, the Mets are one of those teams. Also, this could just be speculation on my part and they could have a starter waiting in the midst. I don’t know! Apparently the Mets still don’t know either as to what they’re doing since their starting pitcher is still currently listed as “TBA” as of the time that I’m writing this.
On the other side of things, the Braves have no such concerns or mystery surrounding their pitching situation for tonight. Charlie Morton will be starting tonight’s game and the Mets probably aren’t really enthused to see the 37-year-old veteran hurler this evening. Over 19 innings and three starts against New York, Charlie Morton has given up eight hits, three walks, four runs, and struck out 26 Mets batters over that span. While three of those four runs came during their last matchup on June 29, it’s still hard to imagine that Charlie Morton won’t be heading into this particular matchup feeling pretty confident.
It’s especially interesting given that the Mets haven’t exactly been setting the world on fire with their bats this season. They will be entering tonight’s game with a team wRC+ of just 96 and an Isolated Power number of .149. The Braves haven’t been doing much better (99 wRC+, .185 ISO) and I think yesterday could’ve been a sign of things to come in this series. If we see an offensive outbreak of any kind, it’ll be more of an indication that a pitching staff had an off night instead of either of these lineups being particularly dominant here.
This game’s going to be interesting just based off the fact that we’re currently just a few hours away from the first pitch and we still don’t know who is going to start the game for the home team. It’s kind of weird that the Mets found themselves in this situation, but here we are. The Braves could have the advantage from a pitching standpoint since Charlie Morton has been reliable as of late and the Mets could be leaning on their bullpen for a second day in a row. This is a game that could have some surprises in store as the night progresses.
Time: Tuesday, July 27, 7:10 p.m. ET
Location: Citi Field, Flushing, New York
TV: Bally Sports South
Streaming: MLB.tv (Free game of the day)
Radio: 680 AM / 93.7 FM The Fan, WNNX 100.5, Braves Radio Network