A pair of NL East rivals kick off a series down in Hotlanta. The New York Mets open up a road trip with the first game of a three-game series with the Atlanta Braves Monday night. New York finished up a four-game series with the Cardinals at home on Sunday afternoon, losing 4-3. Atlanta cruised to a 15-1 win in the rubber game of their three-game set with the Phillies at home Sunday afternoon. The teams split a four-game set in the only previous series between the teams this season, which took place April 11-14 in Atlanta.
New York Mets Hoping to Get Things Going on the Road
New York dropped three of four at home to St. Louis over the weekend as they fell a run short on Sunday. The Mets enter this contest third in the NL East, 7.5 games behind the Braves in the division. Dominic Smith (run) and Juan Lagares (RBI) each had two hits in the loss for New York to lead the way. Jason Vargas didn’t factor in the decision as he allowed three runs (two earned) on one hit with three walks and four strikeouts over four innings. Chris Flexen (0-3) took the loss as he allowed one run on one hit with no walks and two strikeouts over one inning of work.
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Zack Wheeler gets the ball for his 15th start of the year for the Mets as they try to get on track. He is 5-4 with a 4.87 ERA, a 1.286 WHIP, 26 walks and 99 strikeouts over 88.2 innings of work this season. Wheeler took the loss in his last start, which came Tuesday on the road in the first game of a doubleheader with the Yankees. He threw 4.2 innings, allowing nine runs (five earned) on 10 hits with one walk and six strikeouts in a 12-5 Mets defeat. Wheeler is 1-1 with a 5.79 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP, two walks and 21 strikeouts over 18.2 innings of action in his last three starts. He is 6-3 with a 3.19 ERA, a 1.315 WHIP, 31 walks and 66 strikeouts over 67.2 innings in 11 career starts against the Braves. Wheeler is 1-1 with a 6.17 ERA, a 1.80 WHIP, seven walks and 10 strikeouts over 11.2 innings in two career starts at SunTrust Park.