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

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Thursday, April 6, 2017 • 7:10 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, N.Y.
RHP Matt Harvey (0-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Jaime Garcia (0-0, 0.00)
SNY • WOR 710 AM

The Mets and Braves face off in the rubber game tonight if the ran moves out in time for the first Harvey Day of the year. Last night the Mets lost their first game of the season falling 3-1 in extra innings. The Mets received a strong start from their starter, last night from Jacob deGrom, for the second straight day but also for the second straight day, the Mets couldn’t do much against the opposing starting pitcher (who yesterday was a folk hero Bartolo Colon). Hansel Robles allowed a run in the 7th to bring it to 1-1 and the Mets got lucky on a base running blunder it wasn’t 2-1. Eventually Rafael Montero would allow two runs in the top of the 12th and the bats couldn’t bring them back.

Braves Lineup

  1. Ender Inciarte (L) CF
  2. Dansby Swanson (R) SS
  3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
  4. Matt Kemp (R) LF
  5. Nick Markakis (L) RF
  6. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
  7. Adonis Garcia (R) 3B
  8. Tyler Flowers (R) C
  9. Jaime Garcia (L) LHP

Mets Lineup

  1. José Reyes – 3B
  2. Asdrúbal Cabrera – SS
  3. Yoenis Céspedes – LF
  4. Wilmer Flores – 1B
  5. Curtis Granderson – CF
  6. Neil Walker – 2B
  7. Jay Bruce – RF
  8. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  9. Matt Harvey – RHP

Tonight Matt Harvey looks to right last year, although it is widely understood that Harvey may not be Harvey until late May. Last year he was 4-10 with a 4.86 ERA over 17 games and 92.2 innings before going out with a significant surgery. He was 1-2 against the Braves last year over 4 games and 22.2 innings with a 4.37 ERA and 17 K’s. The Braves have the following numbers against Harvey:

  • Freeman 3-18, 3 2B
  • Markakis 3-13, 2B
  • Phillips 3-12, 2 2B
  • Peterson 3-10, 2 2B
  • Inciarte 3-9, 2B
  • Suzuki 0-7
  • Kemp 1-6, HR

Jaime Garcia will make his 2017 debut and his first start as a member of the Braves. Garcia has been with the Cardinals since his rookie year in 2008 before being traded in December for a prospect package including former Met prospect John Gant. Garcia was 10-13 over 32 games and 30 starts with a 4.67 ERA and a 171.2 innings of work. He was 0-2 in two games against the Mets last year allowing 9 runs, 8 earned over 9.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Jaime:

  • Bruce 11-49, 2B, HR
  • Reyes 6-19, 2B
  • Flores 3-7, 2B, HR
  • Cabrera 3-5, 2 2B
  • Cespedes 0-5
  • Walker 1-5, 2B
  • Duda 1-2, HR

Notes:

Jay Bruce in his last 10 games as a Met dating to September 24 of last season, is batting .484 (15-31) with two doubles, five home runs, 10 RBI, eight runs scored and six walks.

The Mets have opened the season with back-to-back, double digit strikeout performances (11 on Monday and 12 on Wednesday) for only the 2nd time in team history (1967).

In 15 career April starts, Matt Harvey is 10-3 with a 2.93 ERA (31 earned runs/95.1 innings) with 98 strikeouts.

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!