Lineups & Game Notes: Mets vs. Braves 7:10 pm et
New York Mets (8-7):
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. David Wright (R) 3B
3. Michael Conforto (L) LF
4. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
5. Neil Walker (S) 2B
6. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
7. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
8. Juan Lagares (R) CF
9. Steven Matz (R) P
SP: Steven Matz LHP (1-1, 7.27 ERA)
Atlanta Braves (4-12):
1. Nick Markakis (L) RF
2. Daniel Castro (R) 2B
3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
4. Adonis Garcia (R) 3B
5. Tyler Flowers (R) C
6. Jeff Francoeur (R) LF
7. Erick Aybar (S) SS
8. Drew Stubbs (R) CF
9. Jhoulys Chacin (R) P
SP: Jhoulys Chacin RHP (0-0, 2.38 ERA)
Tonight’s game can be seen on WPIX.
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.
DEGROMINATOR IS BACK: Prior to tonight’s game, the Mets activated RHP Jacob deGrom from MLB’s Bereavement/Family Medical Emergency List and optioned RHP Rafael Montero to Las Vegas (AAA)…DeGrom will start tomorrow for New York.
STEVEN MATZ: Tossed 7.0 scoreless innings and had a career- high nine strikeouts in his last start on April 17 at Cleveland… Matz has made five career regular season road starts…He is 3-0 with a 1.86 ERA (six earned runs/29.0 innings pitched)…Matz has struck out 33 and walked eight in those five starts…New York is 6-2 when he starts in the regular season…In one career start against the Braves, he picked up the win in the Mets’ 5-1 victory on September 11, 2015, at Turner Field…Tossed 5.0 innings and allowed one run, earned, on six hits… Struck out two and walked two.
TURNER FIELD: The Mets have won a franchise-record five straight games at Turner Field dating to September 10, 2015… The Braves are moving into a new ballpark in 2017…New York is 61-103 (.372) all-time at Turner Field.
HISTORIC HOMERS: The Mets have hit 21 home runs in their last seven games, the most home runs over any seven-game span in franchise history…The previous mark was 20 home runs over seven games from June 27-July 4, 2004…Research courtesy of Elias.
ROAD WARRIORS: The Mets are 5-2 on their nine-game road trip which concludes in Atlanta…New York is 6-3 on the road this season…The Mets went 41-40 on the road in 2015.
YO’S THROW: The 2015 American League Gold Glove winner Yoenis Cespedes collected his second outfield assist of the year last night…Since 2012, Cespedes leads the majors with 50 outfield assists.
ASDRUBAL CABRERA IS ON FIRE: Is hitting .379 (11-29) with four runs scored, three doubles, two RBI and a .471 on-base percentage over his last eight games.
NEIL WALKER: Has five home runs over his last seven 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 fourth 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.
CASTAWAY: Jerry Blevins stranded two inherited runners last night and has stranded nine of 10 inherited runners of the season…Blevins is tied for second in the majors with nine runners stranded.
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.
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.
METS VS. CHACIN: Jhoulys Chacin has made 5 appearances against the New York Mets in his career including 4 games started…Holds a career 2.88 ERA in 25 innings pitched…Chacin holds a 17/13 strikeout to walk ratio against the Mets…Notable Mets career numbers against Chacin are provided below…
- Juan Lagares: .333 (2-6, 1 2B, 1 K)
- Neil Walker: .333 (3-9, 2 2B, 1 RBI)
- David Wright: .222 (2-9, 1 2B, 1 RBI)