Where: Truist Park, Cumberland, GA
When: Saturday, August 1, 1:03 PM. ET.
The Atlanta Braves will be trying to pick up their second consecutive series win over the New York Mets when they face their NL East rivals in the second game of their four-game weekend series on Saturday night.
The Braves won an 11-10 shootout on Friday night thanks to five RBI from catcher Travis d'Arnaud.
**This preview was written before Friday’s game was played**
Mets Trying To Move Into Top Spot In NL EastThe Mets have struggled so far, losing four of their last seven games. Despite their poor play, they are only one game behind the Braves, who lead the division and will try to move into a tie for the top spot with a win over their rivals on Saturday.
New York has been an average offensive team so far. The team’s .256 batting average is fourth, their .333 on base percentage is 10th, and the 27 runs they have scored is 14th.
Jeff McNeil leads the way for the Mets with a .308 batting average. Yoenis Cespedes leads the team with two homers, while Dominic Smith leads the team with five RBI.
New York’s pitching hasn’t been very good. Opponents have a .257 batting average against the team, which is 25th in the league and their 4.78 ERA is 20th.
In his last start, Porcello gave up seven hits and six earned runs in two innings, leading to a 14-1 loss to the Braves. They will need a significantly better performance from him if they want to beat Atlanta.
Braves Going For Second Consecutive Series WinThe Braves bounced back from their sweep at the hands of the Tampa Bay Rays by sweeping the Rays at home to complete their home-and-home series. They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Mets as they try to pick up their second consecutive series win.
Atlanta has played well offensively. The team’s .225 batting average is 19th, their .403 slugging percentage is 16th, while the 35 runs they have scored are the ninth-most in the league.
Dansby Swanson leads the way for the Braves with a .370 batting average and nine RBI, while Marcell Ozuna leads the team with two home runs.
Atlanta’s pitching has also been good. Opponents have a .230 batting average against the Braves, which is 15th in the league. Their 1.16 WHIP is ninth and their 3.98 ERA is 14th.
In his last start, Newcomb gave up three hits and one earned run in 3.1 innings. They will need a similar performance from him to get past the Mets.
New York is:
- 3-4 in their last seven games.
- 4-0 in their last 4 games on grass.
- 7-1 in their last 8 Saturday games.