Lineups & Game Notes: Mets vs. Braves 1:35 pm et.
New York Mets (9-7):
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Michael Conforto (L) LF
4. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
5. Neil Walker (S) 2B
6. Wilmer Flores (R) 3B
7. Kevin Plawecki (R) C
8. Juan Lagares (R) CF
9. Jacob deGrom (L) P
SP: Jacob deGrom RHP (1-0, 1.50 ERA)
Atlanta Braves (4-13):
1. Nick Markakis (L) RF
2. Daniel Castro (R) SS
3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
4. Adonis Garcia (R) 3B
5. A.J. Pierzynski (L) C
6. Kelly Johnson (L) 2B
7. Jace Peterson (L) LF
8. Mallex Smith (L) CF
9. Aaron Blair (R) P
SP: Aaron Blair RHP (Major League Debut)
Today’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…After winning the first two games of the series, the Mets will look to complete the sweep today…New York swept a four-game series from the Braves in Atlanta from September 10-13, 2015…The Mets have not swept a series this season… The Mets had 16 series sweeps of two or more games in 2015, including six on the road.
TURNER FIELD: The Mets have won a franchise-record six straight games at Turner Field dating to September 10, 2015… The last time the Mets won six straight in Atlanta was July 20, 1983-July 14, 1984 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium…The franchise record is seven straight wins in Atlanta from May 14, 1985-April 30, 1986…The Braves are moving into a new ballpark in 2017…New York is 62-103 (.376) all-time at Turner Field.
FIRST INNING FUN: The Mets have scored in the first inning in six of their eight games on this road trip (10 runs total) …New York is 9-3 when they score first this year, including 7-2 on the road.
deGROM in deDAY: Jacob deGrom is 11-2 with a 1.30 ERA (18 earned runs/124.2 innings) in 19 career daytime starts…That is the best daytime ERA among qualified major league pitchers over the last three years…It is also the best daytime ERA for any pitcher in his first three seasons in the last 100 years (min. 100 daytime IP)…Last season, deGrom went 6-2 with a 1.10 ERA (nine earned runs/73.1 innings) during the day.
DEGROM VS. BRAVES: DeGrom has made five starts against the Braves…He is 2-2 with a 1.95 ERA (seven earned runs/ 32.1 innings pitched)…His 1.95 ERA is his lowest against any NL East opponent.
ASDRUBAL FUEGO CABRERA: Slugged his first home run as a member of the Mets last night…Cabrera is hitting .382 (13-34) with five runs scored, three doubles, four RBI and a .462 on-base percentage over his last nine games.
PITCH HAND IS STRONG: The Mets have allowed two or fewer runs in nine of their last 15 games…New York ranks fourth in the majors with a 3.01 ERA…The staff has racked up 157 strikeouts, fourth in the majors.
WALKER AROUND THE BASES: Neil Walker has six home runs over his last eight games…Walker’s seven home runs are tied for the 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 seven long balls…The only other Mets second baseman with seven 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…Walker hit his 100th career home run in the ninth inning last night.
BACK-TO-BACK: Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera hit back-to- back home runs last night in ninth inning…It marked the fourth time in the last five games the Mets hit back-to-back home runs… The last team to hit back-to-back at least four times in a five- game was the Cubs in April, 2004.
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.
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.