Next for Braves
Who: vs. Mets
When: 7:10 p.m. Tuesday
TV; radio: WPCH; 680 AM, 100.5 FM
Tuesday’s matchup: Braves LH Mike Minor (2-0, 4.00) vs. LH Jonathan Niese (8-6, 3.83).
* Minor quality starts in each of his first three major league games since arriving from Triple-A. He had an Atlanta rookie-record 12 strikeouts with one walk in six innings in his last start Aug. 22 at Chicago, giving him 22 strikeouts with four walks in 18 innings. Lefties are hitting .154 (2-for-13) with a .214 OBP against him, while righties are 15-for-59 (.254) with a .302 OBP. Minor has held hitters to a .186 average (8-for-43) after getting ahead 0-1, and with two strikes he’s allowed a .114 average with five hits and 22 strikeouts in 44 at-bats.
* Niese was 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA over four starts before giving up seven runs in 5-1/3 innings of Thursday’s loss to Florida. He’s 6-4 with a 3.50 ERA in 18 night games. Against the Braves, Niese is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in three career starts, one this season. He got no decision April 24 after allowing five hits, one run and five walks in 5-1/3 innings of a Mets win in New York. The only Braves with more than five at-bats against him are Martin Prado (1-for-7) and Omar Infante (1-for-10).
* DAVID O’BRIEN