Atlanta has yet to close a series yet this season. The Braves opened the year by stealing two of three on the road at Citi Field against the Mets before salvaging the final two games of their four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays. Atlanta took Saturday's contest 7-1 to take a 2-0 series lead.
Peterson comes one out away from quality start in debutThe Mets led by as many as six runs but the bullpen imploded late to send New York to a disappointing 11-10 loss on Friday night. The loss was New York’s third consecutive defeat and its fifth in seven games. However, scoring runs hasn’t been an issue for the Mets, who lead the MLB with a .266 team batting average. They are also tied for 11th in the MLB in runs scored (37) and home runs (10) so far this season.
Yoenis Céspedes' first home run since July 20, 2018. And it was a monster.pic.twitter.com/LVhDHYcgTq— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) July 24, 2020
Mets manager Luis Rojas will have to do a better job of managing his bullpen. Instead of locking down victories, the Mets’ relievers have made a habit of giving up runs. New York ranks 27th in the MLB with a bullpen ERA of 7.09 and the bullpen has stranded a league-low 57.2 percent of runners on base so far this season.
Left-hander David Peterson will toe the rubber in the series finale at SunTrust Park on Sunday afternoon. The 24-year-old enters with a 1-0 overall record to go along with a 3.18 ERA after limiting the Boston Red Sox to just two runs in 5 ⅔ frames. Peterson cruised through the minor leagues before earning a spot on the Opening Day roster. In 24 Double-A starts last season, he posted a 4.19 ERA and 3.19 FIP. He also had solid peripherals, posting a healthy 9.47 K/9 and 2.87 BB/9.
Wright struggling to command fastball at MLB levelThe Braves used a five-run eighth inning to push their current winning streak to three games on Friday night. Former Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud drove in five runs, including a bases-clearing double in the decisive fifth inning to help cap off the rally.
2020: Dansby Swanson is the Atlanta Braves’ best player. pic.twitter.com/J96g2Jl1ts— Bret Baker (@ThatBretGuy_) July 30, 2020
Atlanta is scheduled to counter with right-hander Kyle Wright, who struggled in his 2020 debut. After cruising through two innings, the wheels completely fell off for Wright, who allowed five runs before being chased with two outs in the third inning. The Braves’ righty zoomed through the minor leagues by exhibiting tremendous command of his arsenal but he hasn’t enjoyed the same success at the MLB level. In 12 career MLB games (five starts), Wright owns an unspectacular 8.58 ERA and has walked nearly as many batters (22) as he has struck out (26) in 28 ⅓ innings of work.
Wright will need to have a short memory to capitalize on his second turn through the starting rotation. He owns an 0-1 record and a 14.73 ERA against New York coming into this matchup. In his only career start against the Mets, he allowed six earned runs on eight hits and four walks in just 3 ⅔ frames in 2019.
- Mets are 9-2 in their last 11 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.
- Braves are 0-4 in Wright's last 4 starts vs. National League East.
- Braves are 0-5 in Wright's last 5 starts.