MMO Game Thread: Braves vs Mets, 7:10 PM

An article by posted on July 10, 2014

Colon

The Mets have won the first three games of their series and will try to complete a sweep of the Atlanta Braves tonight at Citi Field. Starting for the Mets is Bartolo Colon (8-7, 4.04) who will be opposed by right-hander Aaron Harang (8-6, 3.67) for the Braves.

Since May 17, Colon is 6-2 with a 2.66 ERA (19 earned runs/64.1 innings). He is tied for 12th in the NL with eight wins and his 1.3 walks per nine innings is the second-best mark in the NL. Colon is 4-3 with a 2.72 ERA (15 earned runs/49.2 innings) at home.

Lucas Duda has reached base safely in 15 of his last 16 games, hitting .346 (18-52) with a .452 on-base percentage over this span. He is seventh in the NL with an RBI every 5.8 at-bats and is 18th in the NL with a .358 on-base percentage.

Curtis Granderson has four home runs and seven RBI over his last eight games and is hitting .314 (11-35) during this stretch. He was hitting .116 after the game on April 22 and since that time, Granderson is batting .272 with a .384 OBP.

The Mets have hit a home run in a club-record nine straight games at Citi Field. The previous streak was eight games, done twice before and last, September 27, 2012-April 19, 2013. The home run streak at home is tied for the fifth-longest in franchise history. The last time the Mets had a home run in 10 straight home games was June 28-July 23, 2008 at Shea Stadium.

Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Lucas Duda – 1B
  5. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  6. Juan Lagares – CF
  7. Ruben Tejada – SS
  8. Bartolo Colon – RHP
  9. Eric Young Jr. – LF 

The Mets won their 4th straight, 5th of their last 6th last night against the Braves. In the win, they secured a series victory and today they can go for the rare four game sweep as Colon gets the start. In a brief review of last night, Gee was fantastic working quickly picking up straight were he left off, and Travis d’Arnaud continued to crush the ball since coming back from Vegas.

Colon is 8-7 on the year with a 4.04 ERA over 17 starts and 113.2 innings. One has to think that both this start and his next one are auditions for other teams that might be interested in him. His last start was rough as he allowed 5 ER over 7 innings, but it really was just his first inning that was horrible (or to quote the teenager sitting near me after the first inning, “it’s over!”). This was the second start in a row where Colon allowed 5 ER. In two starts this year against Atlanta he allowed 3 ER over 14.0 innings while striking out 11. The Braves have the following numbers against Colon:

  • BJ Upton 9-29, 2B, 3B, HR, 8 K
  • Heyward 1-8
  • Laird 0-7
  • Freeman 4-6, 2 2B
  • Johnson 1-6
  • Simmons 2-6

Harang is 8-6 on the season over 18 starts and 110.1 innings with a 3.67 ERA. Since the start where he allowed 8 ER over 5.0 innings he has pitched 21.0 innings over 3 games with a 3.00 ERA. In two starts against the Mets this year he has pitched 13.0 innings with one earned run. The Mets have the following numbers against Harang:

  • Wright 11-26, 4 2B, HR
  • C Young 7-27, 3 HR
  • Duda 2-14, HR
  • Murphy 6-17, 4 2B, HR
  • Tejada 6-14, 2 2B
  • E Young 5-9, 2B
  • Abreu 4-10, 2 HR

Lets Go Mets!

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My name is Elliot and I’ve been writing the Game Preview posts at MMO since 2008. I am excited to be back sharing my thoughts with you. When I’m not watching the Mets, I’m a Physics Teacher in Newark, NJ and writing about the Mets at 213 Miles From Shea. LGM!

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