Mets vs Braves Preview: Niese On Hill, Tejada Leads Off, Duda Cleanup, Spin Batting Eighth

Starting Lineup

  1. Ruben Tejada, SS
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2B
  3. David Wright, 3B
  4. Lucas Duda, LF
  5. John Buck, C
  6. Ike Davis, 1B
  7. Marlon Byrd, RF
  8. Jordany Valdespin, CF
  9. Jonathon Niese, LHP

Game Notes

The Mets earned their first win in Atlanta when trailing in the ninth inning since September 18, 1993. Friday night David Wright tied the game with a solo home run in the ninth before New York plated two runs in the 10th. In 1993, the Mets won 3-2 in 10 innings when the club scored twice in the ninth and once in the 10th.

The Mets hit four home runs on Friday (John Buck, Lucas Duda, Marlon Byrd and David Wright). It was the second time this year New York hit four home runs in a game, also on April 19 vs. Washington (Ike Davis-2, Duda-2). The Mets hit four home runs in a game once last season (June 27 at Chicago-NL). The last time the Mets had four separate players hit a home run in the same game was September 30, 2006 at Washington when five players went deep (Wright, Endy Chavez, Shawn Green, Julio Franco and Ramon Castro).

New York optioned struggling outfielder Collin Cowgill to Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday and promoted Andrew Brown. After hitting a grand slam on Opening Day, Cowgill hit just .130 in 18 games. He had not recorded an extra-base hit since April 6 and made a game-changing mistake on defense that led to an extra-innings loss Monday in Miami. Brown has been heating up with Las Vegas, hitting .367 with two home runs in 25 games, with an .882 OPS against left-handed pitchers. He went 0-for-3 in Friday’s game with a strikeout.

In his third appearance and second start since being activated from the disabled list, Shaun Marcum again failed to log five innings. He was charged with three runs on six hits and three walks in an 87-pitch no-decision. His ERA stands at 7.20.

The Mets and Major League Baseball announced Friday that they will host private screenings of the movie “42” for New York City teenagers involved in YMCA programs. Screenings will take place May 6 at UA Kaufman Astoria Cinemas in Queens and May 13 at BAM Rose Cinemas in Brooklyn, with each showing accommodating 300 teens.

Game Preview

The Mets made it two in a row on Friday night as they beat the Braves in the series opener. Then, the rain came from the sky and washed out last night, which knocked Harvey out of today’s spot. For the Mets it was a night of homers and back and forth action as Marcum faltered as did parts of the bullpen.

However the captain, David Wright, tied the game on a solo shot (after the Braves took the lead from the Mets and Wright did it against one of the nastiest closers in the game) and that was followed by a great 10th inning. The Mets try to take the series today behind Jon Niese as he goes up against Tim Hudson.

Jon Niese is 2-2 on the season over 6 games  with a 3.31 ERA and 32.2 innings of work. In his last 9 innings he’s allowed 3 ER. Last year he faced the Braves 4 times with a 3-1 with a 2.00 ERA over 27.0 innings. The Braves have the following numbers against Jon Niese:

Uggla 8-29, 3 2B
Freeman 6-19, 2B, 2 HR
R Johnson 6-16
Justin Upton 5-11, 2B
Schafer 0-8
C Johnson 2-6, 2B

The Mets bats have scored 7 runs two games in a row and look to keep it going against Tim Hudson. Hudson is 3-1 over 6 games with a 3.86 ERA over 35 innings of work and he is coming off of one of his strongest starts of the season allowing only one earned run over 7 innings. Against the Mets last year he allowed 7 ER over 11.0 innings of work. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

Wright 15-68, 2 2B, 2 HR
Duda 6-20, 2B, HR
Davis 3-13, 2B
Tejada 8-17, 2B
Murphy 4-16, 2B
Buck 2-13

Let’s 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