Mets vs Braves: Duda At First, Lagares Leads Off, Turner May Go On DL, Civilization’s Over

New York Mets (25-39) vs Atalanta Braves (41-28)

Turner Field, Atlanta • 7:10 PM

Dillon Gee (5-6, 4.84 ERA) vs Tim Hudson (4-6, 4.41)

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Starting Lineup

  1. Juan Lagares, cf
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Lucas Duda, 1b
  5. Marlon Byrd, rf
  6. John Buck, c
  7. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, lf
  8. Omar Quintanilla, ss
  9. Dillon Gee, rhp

Game Notes

The Braves are 23-8 at Turner Field this season. Their 2.32 home ERA is on track to be a franchise record since moving to Atlanta, topping a 2.48 home staff ERA in 1968. It also is on pace for the best home ERA for any team since the 1988 Mets had a 2.31 ERA at Shea Stadium.

Terry Collins before the game: “Civilization’s over. We’ve got to rebuild.”

It looks like the Jordany Valdespin one week trial has concluded and now Lucas Duda has shifted to first base.

Justin Turner has been dealing with an intercostal issue that could land him on the disabled list according to Terry Collins. If he goes to the DL, look for the Mets to replace him with Andrew Brown.

In four career starts at Turner Field, all Mets wins, Dillon Gee is 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA (six earned runs/21.0 innings). He is the only pitcher without a loss in at least four starts at Turner Field in team history. Only five Mets pitchers have ever won three games at Turner Field (Tom Glavine, Pedro Martinez, Al Leiter, Rick Reed and Steve Trachsel).

Zack Wheeler met with reporters at Turner Field on the day before his debut on Tuesday. “I don’t think I’m the savior at all,” said Wheeler, who attended high school about 45 minutes from here, in Dallas, Ga. “We’ve got great arms here and you’ve got great players. We might not be doing too well right now, but I know the talent of these guys and hopefully we can turn it around here soon. I’m just trying to come up here and help the team any way I can.”

Wright is now three hits shy of 1,500 for his career. He already is the franchise holder for career hits. Wright would become the 30th active player to collect 1,500 hits.

Atlanta leads the NL in homers, yet has been shut out nine times this season, tied with Miami for the major league lead.

The Mets have signed the 48th overall pick righthander Andrew Church for $850,000 The Mets were slotted for $1,138,800 for their second-round pick.

Game Preview

The Mets start a four game set with the Braves tonight with the key day being the double-header tomorrow that is also Harvey/Wheeler Day but before we can get to that, we have a Dillon Gee game. Yesterday the Mets somehow won. At points yesterday the defense was so poor that it doesn’t even qualify under the word defense. Anyway Byrd hit a solo homer to lead off the bottom of the ninth and Kirk followed by a three run homer and the Mets…won. (This team is so Mets) Tonight Dillon Gee goes up against Tim Hudson.

Dillon Gee is 5-6 on the season with a 4.84 ERA while pitching 70.2 innings. This now makes three games in a row where Gee has allowed only one run per game, leaving him with an 1.29 ERA over 21.0 innings and 3-0 record. In his only start against the Braves this year, he allowed 5 ER over 5 innings of work. The Braves have the following numbers against Gee:

Heyward 7-15, HR
Uggla 4-21, 2B, 3B
McCann 3-16, 2B
Freeman 2-14
Upton 3-11, 2B, HR
Johnson 3-5, 2B

The Mets bats get a crack at Tim Hudson who is 4-6 while pitching 83.2 innings this year while posting a 4.41 ERA. Tim had a rough May where he saw his ERA blow up from 3.86 to 5.37. So far in June though he has pitched 21.2 innings over three starts with a 1.66 ERA. In one start against the Mets this year he allowed 3 earned runs over 7.1 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Tim:

Wright 17-79, 2 2B, 3 HR
Duda 6-23, 2B, HR
Murphy 4-18, 2B
Buck 2-16
Turner 1-9
Byrd 1-5

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!