Atlanta Braves (6-18):
1. Nick Markakis (L) RF
2. Daniel Castro (R) 3B
3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
4. Adonis Garcia (R) LF
5. A.J. Pierzynski (L) C
6. Reid Brignac (L) 2B
7. Erick Aybar (S) SS
8. Mike Foltynewicz (R) P
9. Mallex Smith (L) CF
SP: Mike Foltynewicz RHP (Season Debut)
New York Mets (15-8):
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. Kevin Plawecki (R) C
9. Bartolo Colon (R) P
SP: Bartolo Colon RHP (1-1, 3.42 ERA)
Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY.
GOT FIVE ON IT: New York has won five straight series (Giants, Reds, Braves, Phillies and Indians)…The Mets swept the Braves in Atlanta, April 22-24.
VS. ATLANTA: The Mets are 8-2 vs. the Braves in their last 10 match-ups dating to September 10, 2015, including 1-2 at Citi Field.
SCORE FIRST ASK QUESTIONS LATER: New York has scored first in 14 of its last 17 games…The Mets are 13-3 when they score first this year, including 5-1 at home.
BARTOLO COLON: Has 219 career wins, tied with Pedro Martinez for the second-most among Dominican-born pitchers…Passed the 3,000-inning mark after he recorded a scoreless first inning in his last start…Is one of two active major league pitchers to have at least 3,000 innings pitched, the other is C.C. Sabathia…Has made 11 appearances, all starts, against Atlanta in his career…Is 8-2 with a 2.69 ERA (23 earned runs/77.0 innings pitched)…Struck out 47 and walked 10… Went 4-0 with a 3.66 ERA (13 earned runs/32.0 innings pitched) against the Braves in 2015.
JEURYS LOOKIN VERY FAMILIA: Jeurys Familia is 8-for-8 in save opportunities this season… He notched his 57th career save Saturday vs. San Francisco to move into a tie for 10th place on the club’s all-time saves list with Braden Looper…Familia is tied for second in the majors in saves this year.
HOT OFF THE PRESS: Neil Walker has seven RBI in his last six contests, he is batting .391 (9-23) during that span…Walker has four multi-hit games in his last six contests…Curtis Granderson has scored 15 runs and driven in nine runs over his last 14 games…During that span, Granderson is hitting .327 (17-52) with four home runs and a .426 on-base percentage… Yoenis Cespedes has two homers and nine RBI over his last four games and four home runs and 14 RBI over his last seven contests…Michael Conforto has seven RBI’s in his last four games and 10 RBI in his last seven contests…He is seventh in the NL with a .342 batting average and seventh in the NL with a .633 slugging percentage.
CASTAWAY: Opponents are 4-42 (.095) vs. Jerry Blevins dating to 2015…He has stranded 11 inherited runners, tied for the most in the majors this season.
HARD HIT BASEBALLS: According to FanGraphs, Michael Conforto is first in the majors with 50.0% hard hit balls and David Wright is third (45.7%)…The stat is computed by registering hard- hit balls divided by times contact was made.
BEAT THE BRAVES THE WRIGHT WAY: Has 35 career home runs against the Braves which is second-most vs. any opponent in his career (36 vs. Philadelphia).
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 had been optioned to AAA Gwinnett this morning for the second time this season to make room on the 25-man roster for Mike Foltynewicz…Gant owns a 7.04 ERA in 7.2 Major League innings this season.
METS VS. FOLTYNEWICZ: Mike Foltynewicz is replacing Bud Norris in the Braves rotation and making his 2016 debut tonight… At AAA Gwinnett, Foltynewicz was 1-2 with a 2.05 ERA in 4 starts this season…The 24 year old right-hander has appeared in two games against the Mets (one of those appearances was a start) and holds a blank record with a 10.80 ERA…Foltynewicz has allowed 9 runs (8 earned) in 6.2 innings pitched against the Mets…Notable Mets hitters numbers against Foltynewicz are provided below…
- Lucas Duda: .750 (3-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI)
- Curtis Granderson: .500 (2-4, 1 K)
- Asdrubal Cabrera: .333 (1-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI)
- Wilmer Flores: .500 (2-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI)
- Yoenis Cespedes: .000 (0-3)