Braves vs Mets Preview: Amazins Have Tough Assignment Against Medlen In Opener

Starting Lineup

  1. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  2. Rick Ankiel – CF
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Lucas Duda – LF
  5. Marlon Byrd – RF
  6. John Buck – C
  7. Ike Davis – 1B
  8. Ruben Tejada – SS
  9. Jeremy Hefner – RHP

Game Preview

The Mets open up a home series against the Braves tonight at Citi Field where the Mets will look to Wright the ship (I’m writing this at 5:40 AM, I’m allowed a terrible pun, deal with it). Anyway, the Mets find themselves 10 games under .500 after being swept by the Reds this week and its not even June yet. There are two ways to look at that: one with deep depression, the other with optimism that there is plenty of time to turn it around. Anyway Kris Medlen will get the nod for the Braves tonight and square up against Jeremy Hefner.

Hefner is 0-5 over 9 games this year, 8 starts while pitching 45.0 innings with a 5.00 ERA. Hefner struggled in his last start allowing 4 ER over 4 innings of work. In the Month of May he’s pitched 16.o innings while allowing 11 ER. He hasn’t faced the Braves yet this season but last year he allowed 6 ER over 6.1 innings of work. The Braves have the following numbers against him:

Freeman 2-4, HR
McCann 2-4, 2B
Medlen 1-3, 2B
Uggla 2-3
Heyward 1-3

The Mets will get a crack at Medlen tonight who is 1-5 this season over 9 starts with a 3.02 ERA. In his last four starts he’s pitched 26.1 innings with a 2.73 ERA. In 27.2 innings against the Mets last year he posted an amazing 1.3o ERA while striking out 21 batters. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

Davis 4-15, HR
Wright 2-16
Murphy 2-14, 2B
Tejada 3-13, 2B
Duda 1-8
Baxter 2-7

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! You can follow me on twitter @213mfs