What to look for: Mets vs. Braves, 7:10 PM
The Mets continue their series against the Braves on Saturday night at Turner Field in Atlanta at 7:10 pm.
Here is tonight’s starting lineup for New York:
Curtis Granderson – RF
Yoenis Cespedes – CF
Daniel Murphy – 1B
David Wright – 3B
Michael Conforto – LF
Travis d’Arnaud – C
Kelly Johnson – 2B
Noah Syndergaard – RHP
Here is tonight’s pitching matchup:
Noah Syndergaard (8-6, 3.31 ERA) will start for the Mets.
Williams Perez (5-6, 5.42 ERA) will start for the Braves.
Here’s what I’m looking for from the Mets tonight:
Shake off the rust.
After getting skipped for Steven Matz last weekend in Miami, rookie Noah Syndergaard will face a pair of tests as not only has he not pitched in 13 days, but he will once again try to put together a quality effort on the road.
In six of his 11 starts away from home, and each of his last four, Syndergaard has lasted five innings or fewer. Overall, the right-hander is 1-5 with a 4.91 ERA on the road, compared to his 7-1 record and 2.15 ERA at home this season.
This should be a good situation for Noah, as the Braves just cannot get out of their own way at this point. Atlanta has fallen 30 games under .500, has lost 10 consecutive games at Turner Field and have officially been eliminated from postseason contention. Let’s see if Thor can get the monkey off his back tonight.
Reduce, reduce, reduce.
After last night’s Mets victory and the Nationals loss in Miami, the magic number for the Amazin’s continued to shrink as it now sits at 14 prior to tonight’s game. At this point, it doesn’t even really matter what Washington does as long as the Mets take care of business. If they can continue to beat the weak opponents they face on their remaining schedule, their all-important number will keep on getting smaller, and they’ll continue to inch closer towards a division title.
Overall, the Mets have shaved nine games off of their magic number in the last five days.