Seems like it's feast or famine for the Atlanta offense over the last few weeks though their pitching throughout this inconsistent stretch hasn't showed any signs of slowing down. Coming off a split at home against Washington and breaking a scoreless drought of 18 consecutive innings, the Braves will try to get back on track against a Mets pitching staff that despite a strong start has lost control dropping 6 of their last 7 games.
While the power numbers have shown plenty of clout amongst the leaders in Hr's for a team with 39, they've let slide plenty of opportunities with runners in scoring position while not putting the ball in play. The good news is that they still hold a 2.5 game lead in the NL East over the Nationals and are a lot better than they've shown average wise when playing at Turner Field. A struggling Shawn Marcum (0-2 7.94) takes the hill for the Mets and is making just his second start of the season after opening up the 2013 campaign on the DL due to a neck injury. Marcum was shaky in his previous start last week in Philadelphia yielding 3 runs and 5 hits in just 4 IP which was followed by a loss in relief at Miami that went extra innings clearing the buillpen on NY's roster.
Chris Johnson (.352) leads the Bravos in hitting while Justin Upton (.287) is tops with 12 HR despite producing only 19 RBI with the majority of his long balls the solo shot variety. Evan Gattis (.253 6 16) is no question the backstop of the future however Dan Uggla (.167 5 9) is off to yet another slow start that looks to be more prolonged than in previous years when he starts to heat up after the ASB. Despite their chock full of power and production, Atlanta has hit just .239 through the first 5th of the season.
The Braves counter with Mike Minor (3-2 3.13) this evening. Minor had his first real sub-par start last week giving up 6 ER on 6 hits in an 8-3 loss at Detroit. Minor who won 3 of his first 4 overall starts will look to redeem himself this evening against a Mets club that has also been inconsistent at times also blowing similar chances offensively. John Buck (.264 9 27) is off to an all star start and has shown plenty of production in key situations while David Wright (.308 3 20) will only get warmer leading the club in hitting taking advantage of run producing opportunities. Daniel Murphy (.295) leads the team in hits with 31, but Lucas Duda (.250 5 8) and Ike Davis (.169 4 8) once again are off to slow starts.
Given the line and decent price we get this evening we feel both teams are due to break out of their hitting slumps this evening. While Turner Field isn't exactly a paradise for hitters on either side of the porch, there's enough shotty pitching and defense on both sides that could put us in a position to hit our third straight after dropping our previous 3. Best of luck however you play!