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.
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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Key Players to Watch
- BATTING 0.304 Freddie Freeman #5 | 1B
- HOMERUNS 36 Ronald Acuna Jr. #13 | LF
- RUNS BATTED IN 103 Freddie Freeman #5 | 1B
- STOLEN BASES 29 Ronald Acuna Jr. #13 | LF
- EARNED RUN AVERAGE 18 Huascar Ynoa #73 | RP
- WINS 14 Max Fried #54 | SP
- STRIKEOUTS 145 Ronald Acuna Jr. #13 | LF
- SAVES 18 Luke Jackson #77 | RP
NEW YORK METS
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- ShoulderEarly 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.
- Elbowout 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.
- HeelQues 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.
- ToeEarly 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.
- KneeEarly 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.
- HamstringLate 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.
- GroinProb Wed | probable
Demeritte missed the previous game due to a sore groin, but he is likely to suit up against the Astros on Wednesday.
- KneeEarly 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
- Backout 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.
- HamstringEarly 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.
- CalfProb Tues | probable
Davis is likely to suit up against the Indians on Tuesday despite tightness in his right calf.
- KneeMid 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.
- Elbowout 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.
- NeckEarly 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.
- CalfOut Sun | out
Davis is battling right calf tightness and will not play Sunday against the Royals.
- CalfQues 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
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new-york-mets Stats 2019