Lineups & Game Notes: Mets vs. Braves 7:35 pm et.
New York Mets (7-7):
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. David Wright (R) 3B
3. Michael Conforto (L) LF
4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF
5. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
6. Neil Walker (S) 2B
7. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
8. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
9. Matt Harvey (R) P
SP: Matt Harvey RHP (0-3, 5.71 ERA)
Atlanta Braves (4-11):
1. Nick Markakis (L) RF
2. Daniel Castro (R) 2B
3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
4. Adonis Garcia (R) 3B
5. A.J. Pierzynski (L) C
6. Kelly Johnson (L) LF
7. Erick Aybar (S) SS
8. Mallex Smith (L) CF
9. Bud Norris (R) P
SP: Bud Norris RHP (1-2, 6.23 ERA)
Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY.
METS-BRAVES NOTES: The Mets have posted back-to-back double-digit win seasons (2014-2015) vs. Atlanta/Milwaukee for the first time in their team history… The Mets went 11-6 in 2015 and 10-9 in 2014 against the Braves.
ROAD WARRIORS: The Mets are 4-2 on their nine-game road trip which concludes in Atlanta…New York is 5-3 on the road this season…The Mets went 41-40 on the road in 2015…The Mets have scored in the first inning in five of their six games on this road trip…New York is 7-3 when they score first this year, including 5-2 on the road.
ADIOS TURNER FIELD: This is the last season the Braves are playing at Turner Field before moving into their new ballpark…The Mets will not be sad to see it go…New York is 60-103 (.368) all-time at Turner Field…The Mets have won their last four games at Turner Field…This is the first of three final trips to Turner Field this season.
HISTORIC HOMER SPAN: The Mets have hit 19 home runs in their last six games, the most home runs over any six-game span in franchise history…The previous mark was 18 home runs over five games from August 18-24, 2015…Research courtesy of Elias.
HEY YO: Yoenis Cespedes has at least one extra-base hit in a career- high six straight games and the longest active streak in the majors…Over his last six contests, Cespedes is batting .360 (9- 25) with two doubles, one triple, four home runs and 10 RBI… Cespedes is tied for 10th in the majors with 13 RBI…Since August 1, 2015 (his first game with the Mets), Cespedes is tied for fourth in the majors in home runs, behind Chris Davis (27), Nolan Arenado (23) and Carlos Gonzalez (23).
NEIL WALKER: Went 4-5 on Wednesday and his hitting .293 with six home runs and 11 RBI in 17 games this season…Walker has five home runs over his last six games…Walker’s six home runs are the third-most he’s ever hit in any calendar month…He had seven home runs in September, 2013 and seven in July, 2012.. Walker is tied for third in the majors with his six long balls…The only other Mets second baseman with six or more home runs in April was Jeff Kent, who hit eight home runs in 1994…Dave Kingman (1976), Carlos Delgado (2006) and John Buck (2013) hold the club record with nine April home runs.
THE DARK KNIGHT: Has lost a career-high four straight regular season decisions dating to October 3, 2015…Harvey finished sixth in the NL with a 2.71 ERA and sixth in batting average against (.222) last season…He was named the 2015 Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year and the 2015 Player’s Choice NL Comeback Player of the Year…Has a 1-2 career record against the Braves in 3 games started…In 19.2 innings pitched Harvey holds a career 2.75 ERA with a 21/9 strikeout-to-walk ratio against the Braves.
SLUGGING THE WRIGHT WAY: Has 35 career home runs vs. Atlanta, second-most vs.any opponent in his career (Has 36 vs. Philadelphia)…19 of his 35 career homers vs. the Braves have come at Turner Field.
HOT HITTERS: Lucas Duda Has homered in three consecutive games dating to April 18 at Philadelphia…Is the second time in his career he’s homered in three straight (the other time was September 25-29, 2015)…Asdrubal Cabrera is hitting .385 (10-26) with three runs scored, three doubles, two RBI and a .467 on-base percentage over his last seven games.
FULL CIRCLE: The Mets will face a familiar face from their 2015 postseason team in utility player Kelly Johnson who signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves on January 21 2016, and made the team out of Spring Training…Johnson was acquired by the Mets on July 24, 2015 from the Braves along with Juan Uribe for pitchers John Gant and Rob Whalen…Johnson produced a.250/.304/.414 line in 49 games for the Mets with 5 home runs and 13 RBI…John Gant originally made the Braves roster out spring training but was demoted to AAA Gwinnett on April 10th after allowing 6 hits and 4 earned runs in 3 innings pitched.
METS VS. NORRIS: Bud Norris has made 6 career starts against the Mets and holds a 1-2 record with a 4.54 ERA…Norris holds a 34/11 strikeout-to-walk ratio against the Mets while giving up 20 earned runs in 39.2 innings pitched…Notable Mets hitters career numbers against Norris are below…
- Neil Walker: .391 (9-23, 1 2B, 1 HR)
- Yoenis Cespedes: .300 (3-10, 1 HR, 3 RBI)
- David Wright: .091 (1-11, 3 BB, 6 K)
- Alejandro De Aza: .182 (2-11, 1 RBI, 2 K)
- Lucas Duda: .333 (1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB)