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  W: T. Matzek (1-0)   L: D. Peterson (1-1)
10:10 AM PT11:10 AM MT12:10 PM CT1:10 PM ET13:10 ET17:10 GMT1:10 10:10 AM MST12:10 PM EST12:40 PM VEN21:10 UAE12:10 PM CT, August 2, 2020
Truist Park, Atlanta, Georgia  Attendance: 0

Mets' Peterson, Braves' Wright square off in Atlanta

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New York Mets at Atlanta Braves

  1. The Braves won six of 10 home games against the Mets last year. The Braves hit 21 homers in those games, including six (with two each by Freddie Freeman and Josh Donaldson) in a 10--8 loss when these teams last met in Atlanta, last Aug. 15 (Pete Alonso and Amed Rosario each had five hits in that game).
  2. The Mets' starting staff looks different this year, with Zach Wheeler in Philadelphia and Marcus Stroman and Noah Syndergaard injured. This will likely be the Mets' first series of three or more games in the last three seasons in which neither Wheeler, Syndergaard nor Jacob deGrom (who pitched Wednesday) starts.
  3. Ronald Acuna is 4-for-28 with no RBIs and an MLB-high 14 strikeouts. Since MLB began to track RBIs 100 years ago, just 10 others—including two Hall of Famers—struck out at least 14 times with no RBIs in their first seven games of a season. Not surprisingly those HOF'ers were pitchers: Tom Seaver (1968) & Sandy Koufax (1962 and 1965); Koufax had an MLB-record total of 18 strikeouts in his first seven games in ‘62.
  4. Yoenis Cespedes celebrated the arrival of the universal DH by homering in the Mets' 1--0 season-opening win over Atlanta. Only two other DHs for NL teams homered in a 1--0 game: Matt Holliday for St. Louis against the Rays in 2014, and Sherman Obando for the Expos at Baltimore in 1997.
  5. Rick Porcello's greatest ability has been his availability. Porcello made 339 starts over his first 11 seasons in the majors (2009--19); that's 30.8 starts per season. Only five others averaged 30 starts over those 11 years: Justin Verlander, 32.4; Jon Lester, 32.0; Max Scherzer, 31.7; Zack Greinke, 31.3; Cole Hamels, 30.6.
  6. Sean Newcomb has pitched more innings against the Mets (44.1) than against any other MLB team. Over eight starts and six relief appearances against the Mets, Newcomb allowed only one home run in 161 opponents' at-bats -- Todd Frazier hit that one in New York on June 30 of last year.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/31/2020 thru 8/3/2020

A pair of first-round picks from the 2017 MLB Draft will square off on Sunday when the Atlanta Braves host the New York Mets in the third game of a four-game series between the two NL East rivals.

New York will send left-hander David Peterson (1-0, 3.18 ERA) against Atlanta right-hander Kyle Wright (0-1, 16.88) in the afternoon contest. Peterson was the 20th overall pick in the draft out of the University of Oregon. Wright was the No. 5 pick out of Vanderbilt.

The Braves won the first two games of the series and have won four straight overall. Atlanta is 4-1 against New York this season.

Peterson made his big-league debut on July 28 and defeated the Boston Red Sox. He became the 16th Mets pitcher to earn a win in his first game, the first since Steven Matz in 2015 and the first to do it on the road since Zack Wheeler in 2013.

Peterson worked 5 2/3 innings and gave up two runs on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts against the Red Sox.

"You can't ask a guy to have a better outing than he had," Mets second baseman Robinson Cano said. "He was filthy. He was putting pitches where he wanted."

Peterson made 49 appearances, all of them starts, across four levels of New York's minor league system over the previous three years. Last year he played for Double-A Binghamton and struck out 122 batters in 116 innings in 24 starts.

"His poise, once again, is something that stands out," New York manager Luis Rojas said. "His maturity, how he's able to handle the scenario, that's a great thing."

Wright earned the spot as the No. 5 man in the Braves' young rotation with a solid Summer Camp.

He struggled in his first start against the Tampa Bay Rays, when he allowed five runs on four hits and three walks with three strikeouts in just 2 2/3 innings. Wright breezed through the first two innings before running into trouble.

"We need to keep running him out there," Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. "That's the only way he's going to learn is to go out there and pitch. You saw his stuff the first two innings, and that's something really, really good."

Wright has made two career appearances (one start) against the Mets. The start came in 2019 and he pitched 3 2/3 innings and allowed six runs on eight hits and four walks in a losing effort.

Atlanta shortstop Dansby Swanson and left fielder Marcell Ozuna continue to carry Atlanta's offense. Swanson has hit safely in each of the team's first nine games and is batting .382. Ozuna is batting .467 (7-for-15) over the last five games and leads the team with three homers.

The Mets are riding the hot bats of Cano and right fielder Michael Conforto. Cano went 2-for-3 on Saturday and is 10-for-16 (.625) over the last five games after starting the season 1-for-12. Conforto went 2-for-4 on Saturday to lift his average to .313 and has reached base in all nine games.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 2, 2020

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