New York Mets (32-34) at Atlanta Braves (38-29) 7:10pm
Jon Niese (5-5 3.51) vs. Jair Jurrjens (8-2 1.82)
TV: SNY Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The Braves have won six of seven games since losing the series against the Mets at Cit Field a week and a half ago. In that series Jurrjens got knocked around a bit by the Mets and took a loss. He gave up 3 earned runs in 6.1 innings. Since then, he won a game against the Marlins.
Niese has been awesome in his last five starts. In that span he’s given up 5 runs over 33.2 innings (1.36 ERA). His curve ball has been working lately but his control has been inconsistent. He walked 4 batters in two of those five starts.
R.A. Dickey had another tremendous game going 8 innings allowing 1 run. Even on a bad foot he was dealing. He only allowed 4 hits and 1 walk. The bullpen tried to give it back in the ninth but the Mets held on for the win and take the series from the Braves.
Manny Acosta gave up a walk and a double in the ninth. Terry Collins brought in K-Rod because he’d seen enough of Acosta in his first game back from Buffalo. K-Rod gave up a 3-run homer to the first batter he faced to make the score 6-4. But he struck out Chipper Jones to hold on for the win and get another game finished toward his vesting option.
The Mets offense was solid with 10 hits and 5 walks in the game. It was more of Jose Reyes tonight going 2 for 4 with 2 runs and an RBI. He raised his season average to .337 and continues to be on fire.
Carlos Beltran left the game after fouling a ball off his right leg.
I’ll be co-hosting a pre-game show for Mets fan before tonight’s game against the Braves with Kerel Cooper of On The Black. We’ll be talking about all of the current Mets news including injuries to David Wright and Ike Davis, the Justin Turner phenomenon, and new ace Dillon Gee.
The show starts at 7:30pm Eastern Time and you can watch below or visit the show page. You can not only watch but join the conversation with the chat feature. We’ll address your thoughts on the Mets and even talk about subjects that the mainstream media won’t like how long the Wilpons can hold onto this franchise.
Atlanta Braves (32-27) at New York Mets (27-31) 8:05pm
Tim Hudson (4-4 3.75) vs. R.A. Dickey (2-6 4.39)
TV: ESPN Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The Mets and Braves play the rubber game of the series on national TV tonight. Hudson has pitched pretty well this season but the Braves are 5-6 in games he started. In his last start in Atlanta he went 6 innings against the Padres and allowed only 1 earned run.
The Mets are 3-8 in Dickey’s starts this season. He pitched through a tough foot injury in his last start against the Pirates and went 7.2 innings allowing 3 runs. He took the loss but got no run support. He’s proving how tough he is pitching through this injury.
Atlanta Braves (32-26) at New York Mets (26-31) 7:10pm
Jair Jurrjens (7-1 1.51) vs. Dillon Gee (5-0 3.83)
TV: SNY Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The Mets need to win tonight and tomorrow to take this home series from the Braves. They’ll go for it behind Gee and the Mets have won all seven games he started this season. He’s been pitching really well, frequently getting to the sixth inning or beyond in his starts.
The Mets won’t have an easy time facing Jurrjens though. He’s been on fire since starting the season on the DL. The Braves are 7-2 in his nine starts this year. He hasn’t allowed more than 2 runs in any start but his BAA is .271 on the road. So there’s hope that the Mets can get to him tonight.
The Mets got a great start from Jon Niese and the bullpen blew the game at the end again. It’s been happening for a week now. The bullpen just can’t hold a lead. Niese was fantastic going 7.2 innings and allowing 2 runs. He had that big curve ball working well and left with a 3-2 lead. Jason Isringhausen was victimized by a critical error by Jose Reyes allowing an easy grounder to go right under his glove.
K-Rod got crushed in the ninth inning (but got another game finished toward his vesting option). He gave up 3 hits and a 1 walk in the inning to allow 3 runs. It was a complete disaster of an inning. But K-Rod has been really good this year so it’s hard to fault him for one bad game.
The Mets offense was decent with 9 hits and 1 walk in the game but they left 5 runners on base. Reyes had his 9th triple of the season and had 2 hits in the game.
Atlanta Braves (31-26) at New York Mets (26-30) 7:10pm
Derek Lowe (3-4 4.03) vs. Jon Niese (4-5 3.91)
TV: SNY Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The Braves are in town for three games after losing two of three to the Padres in Atlanta. Lowe’s last two starts haven’t been very good. He’s given up 8 runs while walking 10 in 9.1 innings to the Angels and Reds. He did beat the Mets on April 16 in Atlanta when he went 6 innings and gave up 2 runs.
Nate McLouth and Jason Heyward are on the DL for the Braves.
The Mets have won four of the last five games that Niese started. In two of his last three starts he hasn’t allowed a run. And Niese has been pitching much better at Citi Field this year. In six starts at home he’s 3-2 with a 2.84 ERA. This will be his first start against the Braves this year.
There was so much to talk about this week. The Rockies and Braves with consecutive doubleheader beatings and the Rox sweeping the Mets at home. The Mets lack of fundamentals. We could go on and on.
Kerel Cooper of On The Black and I get fired up this week about the Mets losing ways. Terry Collins talks a lot about playing the game “the right way”. But it looks like that’s just talk because it isn’t the Mets playing the game the right way. The team has been one of the worst in recent memory at playing a smart game. Mental mistakes have been more frequent than physical errors.
We also talk about some of the worst performing Mets early this season like Angel Pagan and Mike Pelfrey. Check out the video below and post your comments.