Matt Wisler (5-6, 5.81 ERA) and the Atlanta Braves (56-85) meet Steven Matz (2-0, 1.89 ERA) and the New York Mets (79-61) in the second of a four-game division series at Turner Field. The Mets won the last game 7-2 and New York leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 7:35 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 11 and will air on FSSO and SNY.
In his most recent outing, Wisler pitched 2.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out two and walking one in an 8-4 loss to the Nationals. Juan Uribe (.255, 37 Rs, 13 HRs, 41 RBIs, 2 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 4 with one run and three RBIs. The Mets were unsuccessful the last time Matz pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 5.1 innings, giving up two runs, striking out six and walking two in a 4-3 loss to the Marlins.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. The Braves have an SU record of 27-33 against teams in their division. The Braves are a dangerous hitting team with an MLB-best 329 extra base hits. Atlanta's pitching staff will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent struggles. The Braves have given up an average of 6.2 runs to opponents in their last 10 games, above their season average of 4.8 runs per game.
Against divisional foes, the Mets are 40-20 SU. New York has been playing better lately, averaging 6.1 runs per game, more than their season average of 4.2. Switching gears to New York's pitching staff, they have the fourth-lowest ERA in the NL at 3.45. They have a WHIP of 1.18 on the year, good for tops in the league.
The Mets have gotten the better of the Braves in head-to-head matchups this season, going 7-6. This game will feature Matz (LHP) on the mound against the Braves, who have a 9-17 record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Mets will be the right-hander Wisler. They sport a 61-48 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYM
The Mets sit at 41-20 against their divisional rivals, while the Braves are 27-34.
The Braves managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Mets who are coming in with a 12-3 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Braves are 10-61. The Mets have a 16-50 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 30th in home runs, Atlanta has hit 86 this season. New York ranks eighth with 152 home runs.
Atlanta and New York both rank in the top half of the league in hits. Atlanta sits at 11th with 8.48 hits per game and New York ranks 12th with 8.40.
Ranking 30th, Atlanta is at the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.677). New York ranks near the bottom at 22nd with an OPS of .713.
The Mets are 37-44 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Braves are 22-62 when they allow at least one homer.