Series preview: Braves at Mets
When (TV): 7:10 p.m. Friday-Saturday (WPCH), 8:05 p.m. Sunday (ESPN)
Radio: 680, 93.7, 100.5
Probable starting pitchers:
Friday: Braves LH Paul Maholm (9-7, 3.75 ERA) vs. RH Matt Harvey (1-2, 3.86)
Saturday: Braves RH Kris Medlen (2-1, 2.37) vs. LH Johan Santana (6-7, 3.98)
Sunday: Braves RH Ben Sheets (4-1, 1.41) vs. LH Jonathon Niese (8-6, 3.82)
About the Braves:
Batting: Dan Uggla is 9-for-26 (.346) with team-high eight RBIs in August. He’s hit .297 with six extra-base hits, 11 RBIs and a .840 OPS in his past 10 games, after hitting .110 with four extra-base hits, nine RBIs and a .461 OPS in his previous 42 games…. Chipper Jones has hit .366 (41-for-112) with 13 doubles, five homers, 22 RBIs and a 1.066 OPS in 32 games since June 26.
Pitching: Maholm is 5-1 with a 1.41 ERA in his past seven starts, the loss coming Saturday against Houston in his Braves debut (seven innings, six hits, three runs). The lefty is 4-3 with a 4.45 ERA in 11 games (10 starts) against the Mets, including 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in five games (four starts) at Citi Field…. Medlen has no decisions and a 1.65 ERA in 12 games (two starts) against the Mets, and Sheets is 5-2 with a 4.05 ERA in nine starts against them, none at Citi Field.
Miscellaneous: The Braves are 12-3 with a 1.88 ERA and 78 runs in their past 15 games, and 22-8 with a 3.00 ERA in their past 30…. The Braves are 5-0 with a .333 average and 44 runs in their past five games vs. the Mets, after going 0-4 with a .152 average and just eight runs in their first four against them this season…. Reed Johnson has a .368 average (25-for-68) and .986 OPS in 22 games against the Mets, including .370 (10-for-27) at Citi Field. He figures to get playing time in the series, with two lefties starting for the Mets…. Freddie Freeman has a .322 average with 13 extra-base hits and 18 RBIs in 25 games against the Mets.
About the Mets:
Batting: David Wright is 13-for-33 (.394) with a homer and six RBIs in nine games against the Braves this season. He has 28 homers, 74 RBIs and an .840 OPS in 138 career games against Atlanta…. Since the All-Star break, Wright and Ike Davis each had a .242 average in 25 games before Thursday, and between them they had 13 homers (eight by Davis), 25 RBIs and 54 strikeouts in 190 at-bats during that period….
Pitching: It’ll be just the fourth major league start for Harvey, 23, the seventh overall pick of the 2010 draft out of North Carolina. He has 23 strikeouts and seven walks in 16-1/3 innings in the majors, after posting 112 strikeouts with 48 walks and a 3.68 ERA in 20 Triple-A starts this season. He had 11 strikeouts in 5-1/3 innings of his big-league debut July 26 at Arizona…. Santana is 3-8 with a 2.99 ERA in 15 starts against the Braves, including 0-2 with a 14.21 ERA in his past two…. Niese is 4-2 with a 3.66 ERA in nine starts against the Braves.
Miscellaneous: Since ending a six-game losing streak against the Dodgers and Nationals in late July, the Mets were 6-7 with a 4.38 ERA and .248 team batting average in their past 13 games before Thursday’s series finale vs. Miami. They scored three runs or fewer in eight of those 13…. Daniel Murphy had a .362 average and .912 OPS in 53 home games before Thursday. Against Maholm, Murphy is 5-for-6 and Wright 7-for-23.
By David O’Brien