MMO Game Thread: Mets vs. Braves, 1:35 PM

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 1:35 p.m.
SunTrust Park • Atlanta, Ga
RHP Zack Wheeler (1-1, 2.77) vs. RHP Mike Foltynewicz (1-1, 2.53)
PIX11 • WOR 710 AM • 104.3 WAXQ-FM HD 2 • ESPN 1050

For the second time this season, Jacob deGrom threw a gem across seven innings of work and for the second time this season, something happened in the eighth inning to erase that gem. Last night, after seven scoreless innings from deGrom, the Mets scraped together three runs in the eighth inning and left two runners on base. The runners left on base ended up being the difference as the Braves scored two in the bottom of the inning and two in the ninth to win the game. Now the Mets will need a strong performance from Zack Wheeler and their bats to split the series with the Braves today.

Mets Lineup

  1. Brandon Nimmo  RF
  2. Yoenis Cespedes  LF
  3. Michael Conforto  CF
  4. Asdrubal Cabrera  2B
  5. Wilmer Flores  3B
  6. Adrian Gonzalez  1B
  7. Tomas Nido  C
  8. Zack Wheeler  P
  9. Amed Rosario  SS

Braves Lineup

  1. Ender Inciarte  CF
  2. Ozzie Albies  2B
  3. Freddie Freeman  1B
  4. Nick Markakis  RF
  5. Kurt Suzuki  C
  6. Preston Tucker  LF
  7. Dansby Swanson  SS
  8. Ryan Flaherty  3B
  9. Mike Foltynewicz  P

Wheeler has allowed four runs in 13 innings this year from nine hits and four walks leading to a small sample size 2.77 ERA, 3.69 FIP, 1.000 WHIP and 141 ERA+. If we go one step farther and look at his game log, his first start was a one run, seven-inning gem, and his second start (against a good Nationals team despite what their record says) was an average three-run over six-inning performance. He avoided the Braves last season and in 2014, the last time he faced Atlanta, he had a 1-2 record over 5 games with a 2.97 ERA in 30.1 innings of work. The Braves have the following numbers against him:

  • Freeman 7-14, 2 2B, HR, 9 BB (.667 OBP in 24 PAs)
  • Suzuki 1-2
  • Flowers 1-1, HR

The Mets draw Mike Folynewicz who looks better than he has at any point in his career. He is 1-1 over four starts and 21.1 innings with a 2.53 ERA, 3.34 FIP, 1.266 WHIP and 154 ERA+. His only smudge so far is four wild pitches, the most in the league, which already ties his mark for wild pitches in 154 innings of work last year. Speaking of last year he had a 4.79 ERA, 1.481 WHIP, 4.33 FIP and 89 ERA+. The last time he faced the Mets though was 2016 where he allowed four runs from eight hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Frazier 1-8, HR, BB
  • Bruce 1-5
  • Cabrera 3-5, 2B, HR
  • Cespedes 1-5, HR
  • Flores 2-4, 2B
  • Conforto 1-3
  • Lagares 1-3

Game Notes

Todd Frazier will miss today’s game after getting spiked in last night’s game while Jay Bruce received a scheduled off day.

New York’s 14-6 start after 20 games is tied for the third-best start in franchise history with the 1988 and 1972 clubs. The 1986 Mets started 16-4 and the 2015 Mets were 15-5 after 20 games.

New York is 6-1 in day games this season. The pitching has posted a 2.14 ERA (15 earned runs/63.0 innings) and the offense is batting .256 during the day.

Graduated from East Paulding High School, Zack Wheeler lived approximately a 30-minute drive from SunTrust Park. However, Wheeler will be making his first career start at the park. He was 2-1 with a 1.93 ERA (five earned runs/23.1 innings) and 24 strikeouts in four career starts at Turner Field, though.

Michael Conforto has reached base safely in all 15 games he’s appeared in this season. It is the fifth-longest active streak in the majors…Conforto has a .387 on-base percentage. He has drawn a walk in seven straight games, tied with Bryce Harper for the longest active streak in the majors.

The Mets have a .333 on-base percentage as a team, the seventh-best mark in the majors. They also have a .385 on-base percentage with runners in scoring position, the fourth-best mark in the majors.

Let’s Go Mets!

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I’ve been writing the Game Preview posts at MMO since 2008 and worrying about the Mets roster for pretty much my entire life. When I’m not watching the Mets, I’m a Physics Teacher in Newark, NJ. You can follow me on twitter @213mfs