What to look for: Braves vs. Mets, 7:10 PM
The Mets will go for a series win against the Braves on Tuesday night at Citi Field at 7:10 pm.
Here is tonight’s starting lineup for New York:
Curtis Granderson – RF
David Wright – 3B
Daniel Murphy – 2B
Yoenis Cespedes – CF
Lucas Duda – 1B
Wilmer Flores – SS
Michael Conforto – LF
Kevin Plawecki – C
Logan Verrett – RHP
Here is tonight’s pitching matchup:
Logan Verrett (1-1, 2.89 ERA) will start for the Mets.
Matt Wisler (5-8, 5.63 ERA) will start for the Braves.
Here’s what I am looking for tonight form the Mets:
Another mile in Logan’s run.
The Mets have asked Verrett to make spot starts on two previous occasions prior to Tuesday night. He was asked to fill in for Matt Harvey in late August and in early September, and filled those shoes nicely, allowing just two runs in 13 2/3 innings combined in those starts.
Tonight he will be asked to fill in for Jacob deGrom who is being pushed back a few days and will start against the Reds sometime this weekend. He’s going to throw the kitchen sink at Atlanta tonight, utilizing a variety of breaking balls and change-ups to keep the Braves off-balanced for however long he’s out there.
He’s been successful as a starter thanks to his ability to keep the ball down in the zone, and of course that will need to continue if he expects a productive evening once again.
More progress from the offense.
The Mets offense showed signs of life on Monday, but they still staggered at certain points early in the game, and weren’t particularly great with their situational hitting. But they made progress none the less and took necessary steps towards looking like the team they were on the last road trip.
Wisely pitched well against the Mets in Atlanta 11 days ago, but he was roughed up by Toronto in his last start which was a little more reminiscent of his season. The Mets should have a pretty good idea what to expect against the rookie right-hander tonight, however.
Win a series at home.
What was once easy street for the Mets at Citi Field has suddenly become a trouble point for them.
They’ve lost two consecutive series and three of the last four at home. As the playoffs approach, it’s important the Mets return to that same level of consistency in their home ballpark and in front of the home crowd to truly be a well-rounded force in the National League.
Winning tonight – and this series – would help restore some of that credibility.