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New York Mets vs. Atlanta Braves Preview and Predictions 08-15-2019 in MLB


Ender Inciarte struggled through the season's first six weeks and then missed two months with a back injury, but the Atlanta Braves center fielder continues providing a spark entering Thursday's home series finale against the New York Mets. Inciarte, whose role has increased during Nick Markakis' absence, went 2-for-3 with two RBIs in Wednesday's 6-4 victory to raise his average to .328 with 15 runs scored in 18 games since Markakis fractured his wrist.

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The Braves won for the sixth time in eight games to keep their National League East lead at six games over Washington - after grinding out five runs on six hits against the Mets bullpen in the bottom of the seventh after New York had taken a 2-1 lead - sparked by two run-scoring hits from Inciarte and a RBI single from Ronald Acuna Jr. It was a fitting end of the day for New York, which lost for the third time in a row after winning 15 of 16 games hours after putting All-Star second baseman Jeff McNeil on the injured list with a left hamstring strain. Shortstop Amed Rosario went 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored Wednesday and is hitting .342 since the All-Star break. Catcher Wilson Ramos extended his hitting streak to nine games and is batting .400 with three homers and 10 RBIs in that span, but New York fell to Atlanta for the eighth time in the past 10 meetings to slide three games behind Chicago for the final NL wild card spot.

TV: 7:20 p.m. ET, MLB Network, SNY (New York), FS Southeast (Atlanta)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Mets RH Marcus Stroman (6-11, 3.20 ERA) vs. Braves RH Julio Teheran (7-7, 3.35)

Stroman was one of the biggest names moved at the trade deadline, but has produced mixed results in picking up no-decisions in his first two starts with New York. The 28-year-old gave up three runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings in his Mets debut Aug. 3 at Pittsburgh, then surrendered four runs on nine hits with nine strikeouts in six innings in his first home start Friday at Washington. Stroman, who gave up only seven runs in 30 innings in his final five turns for Toronto, is 2-0 in two career starts against Atlanta, pitching 5 2/3 shutout innings in 2017 and allowing one run in seven innings last season.

Teheran gave up 13 runs across back-to-back starts in June but otherwise has been outstanding since May 5, allowing two earned runs or fewer 15 times in 18 outings while pitching to a 2.56 ERA. The 28-year-old began August by surrendering three runs on five hits in five innings against Cincinnati on Aug. 4, then held Miami to one run on five hits with one walk and seven strikeouts across seven innings to get the win Friday. Teheran owns a 7.66 ERA in five career starts against Toronto, allowing one run on three hits in 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision last season.

WALK-OFFS

1. Mets RF Michael Conforto struck out three times Wednesday, and brings a 0-for-14 skid with seven strikeouts into the series finale.

2. Braves RHP Shane Greene, who had allowed seven runs on 13 hits in 4 1/3 innings since being acquired from Detroit, pitched a perfect eighth inning with one strikeout.

3. New York 2B Ruben Tejada, promoted from Triple-A Syracuse for McNeil and playing in the majors for the first time in two years, went 0-for-4.

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Last Injuries

Atlanta Braves

  • Jonny Venters

    Shoulder
    Early Sept | 60-day IL

    Venters has been moved to the 60-day injured list with a left shoulder strain, but he is likely to be activated before the early part of September.

  • Jacob Webb

    Elbow
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Webb has been designated for the 60-day injured list due to a right elbow impingement and is likely to miss the remainder of the season.

  • Dansby Swanson

    Heel
    Ques Sat | 10-day IL

    Swanson has landed on the 10-day injured list with a left foot contusion, and it is unclear if he will be activated prior to Saturday's game against the Mets.

  • Grant Dayton

    Toe
    Early Sept | 10-day IL

    Dayton has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a broken right big toe. He is expected to be away from the mound until at least the beginning of September.

  • Brian McCann

    Knee
    Early Sept | 10-day IL

    McCann has been added to the 10-day injured list due to a left knee sprain. It is anticipated that he will be on the IL until at least the early part of September.

  • Ender Inciarte

    Hamstring
    Late Sept | 10-day IL

    Incarte will spend an extended period on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain. He is likely to miss four to six weeks of action.

  • Travis Demeritte

    Groin
    Prob Wed | probable

    Demeritte missed the previous game due to a sore groin, but he is likely to suit up against the Astros on Wednesday.

  • Austin Riley

    Knee
    Early Sept | 10-day IL

    Riley is likely to be on the 10-day injured list until at least the start of September with a partial tear of the LCL in his knee.

New York Mets

  • Robert Gsellman

    Back
    out for season | 10-day IL

    Gsellman has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a partial lat tear and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

  • Robinson Cano

    Hamstring
    Early Sept | 10-day IL

    Cano tore his left hamstring and is on the 10-day injured list. He is likely to be on the IL until at least the beginning of September.

  • J.D. Davis

    Calf
    Prob Tues | probable

    Davis is likely to suit up against the Indians on Tuesday despite tightness in his right calf.

  • Jed Lowrie

    Knee
    Mid Sept | 60-day IL

    Lowrie has been moved to the 60-day injured list with a capsule sprain in his left knee. He suffered a Grade 1 hamstring strain and a right calf strain during his rehabilitation, but he is likely to be activated sometime in September.

  • Jacob Rhame

    Elbow
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Rhame has been moved to the 60-day injured list after having a season-ending ulnar nerve transposition procedure conducted on his right elbow.

  • Brandon Nimmo

    Neck
    Early Sept | 60-day IL

    Nimmo is dealing with a bulging cervical disc in his neck and the effects of whiplash. He has been moved to the 60-day injured list and is not expected to return until the beginning of September.

  • J.D. Davis

    Calf
    Out Sun | out

    Davis is battling right calf tightness and will not play Sunday against the Royals.

  • J.D. Davis

    Calf
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Davis exited the previous game due to tightness in his right calf. It is unclear if he will participate in Saturday's matchup versus the Royals.

atlanta-braves Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Freddie Freeman 128 127 494 100 150 28 2 34 103 284 5 103 3 .304 .575 .395
Ronald Acuna Jr. 128 127 521 106 154 17 1 36 88 281 29 145 8 .296 .539 .377
Ozzie Albies 128 126 512 79 148 33 7 18 68 249 12 89 3 .289 .486 .344
Nick Markakis 104 96 366 57 104 22 2 9 55 157 2 53 0 .284 .429 .358
Charlie Culberson 94 14 120 12 34 5 2 4 19 55 0 39 1 .283 .458 .315
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Luke Jackson 57 0 177 80 1 61 8 4 26 0 0 4 23 1008
Sean Newcomb 41 4 167 50 2 54 7 0 25 0 0 3 21 986
Jacob Webb 36 0 97 28 1 24 4 0 10 0 0 1 12 536
A.J. Minter 34 0 82 33 1 31 2 5 22 0 0 6 23 559
Chad Sobotka 27 0 78 33 3 24 5 0 18 0 0 4 14 479
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Tyler Flowers 67 59 1 33 9 2 0 12
Brian McCann 73 67 1 32 5 1 0 6
Adam Duvall 23 18 0 0 0 1 2 0
Austin Riley 66 59 0 0 0 4 3 0
Charlie Culberson 94 14 0 0 0 2 2 0

new-york-mets Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Chris Flexen 8 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500
Adeiny Hechavarria 6 6 18 6 7 3 0 1 4 13 3 5 1 .389 .722 .500
Drew Gagnon 16 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333
Jeff McNeil 105 96 397 67 132 31 1 15 55 210 4 62 5 .332 .529 .400
J.D. Davis 110 73 309 45 95 16 1 15 44 158 2 69 0 .307 .511 .368
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Edwin Diaz 52 0 142 77 3 50 11 3 28 0 0 10 19 908
Robert Gsellman 52 0 191 60 6 64 7 2 36 0 0 4 23 1072
Jeurys Familia 49 0 132 47 3 42 6 3 30 0 0 4 34 753
Seth Lugo 48 0 183 76 4 46 7 3 26 0 0 2 14 992
Justin Wilson 31 0 79 27 2 24 3 0 8 0 0 3 11 444
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Wilson Ramos 112 93 0 73 13 6 0 9
Tomas Nido 38 31 1 26 2 3 0 1
Travis d'Arnaud 1 5 0 4 2 1 0 1
Adeiny Hechavarria 6 6 0 0 0 1 0 0
Amed Rosario 123 119 0 0 0 14 0 0