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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
NY Mets0 0 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 790
Atlanta0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 272
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  W: J. deGrom (1-0)   L: M. Soroka (0-1)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, August 3, 2020
Truist Park, Atlanta, Georgia  Attendance: 0

Soroka, deGrom still looking for first wins for Braves, Mets

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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
(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

A pair of aces looking for their first victory will meet on Monday when the visiting New York Mets play the Atlanta Braves in the finale of a four-game series.

The Braves have won the first three games of the series between the National League East rivals and enter with a five-game winning streak. The Mets have lost five straight.

New York's Jacob deGrom (0-0, 1.64 ERA) will face Atlanta's Mike Soroka (0-0, 1.59) in a rematch of Opening Day, a game the Mets won 1-0 on a late homer by Yoenis Cespedes.

deGrom worked five scoreless innings against the Braves in the season opener. He allowed only one hit and one walk, while striking out eight. In his last outing on July 29 against the Boston Red Sox, deGrom extended his career-best scoreless streak to 31 innings before allowing a run. He threw six innings and allowed two runs on three hits, one walk and four strikeouts.

"He's a great pitcher and probably should have a better record than he does," teammate Justin Wilson said. "Clearly, Jake keeps us in the game all the time. That's why he's a two-time Cy Young winner. We've got to put some more runs for him. We've also got to shut him down as the bullpen goes."

Notable in his last start was the 101.1 mph fastball recorded by deGrom, the fastest pitch of his career. His velocity through the first two starts has averaged 98.6 mph, second-best in the majors among those with at least 100 pitches thrown.

deGrom is 7-7 with a 1.90 ERA in 22 career starts against the Braves. In 12 starts in Atlanta, deGrom is 5-4 with a 2.30 ERA.

Soroka will also be making his third start of the season. He pitched six scoreless frames against the Mets in the opener and allowed three runs, two earned, in 5 1/3 innings against Tampa Bay. Soroka retired just one batter in the sixth inning and seemed to lose his rhythm after he stumbled and fell after throwing a pitch with two outs in the fifth.

"He just continues to get better," Atlanta outfielder Ender Inciarte said. "He looks like a veteran in the clubhouse. He's confident and he's a mature guy. It's fun to watch him pitch out there."

Soroka is 4-0 with a 2.27 ERA in six career starts against the Mets. He's struck out 25 and walked only four in 35 2/3 innings against New York.

A bigger question may be the status of Cespedes, who did not show up for Sunday's game. The Mets released a statement that said, "As of game time, Yoenis Cespedes has not reported to the ballpark today. He did not reach out to management with any explanation for his absence. Our attempts to contact him have been unsuccessful."

Cespedes, who missed the entire 2019 season with injuries, has struggled at the plate and is hitting .161 with two homers and four RBIs. He has 15 strikeouts in 34 plate-appearances and has fanned at least twice in six of his last seven games.

The Mets are also concerned about the poor start of first baseman Pete Alonso, who was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and is 2-for-17 on the road. Michael Conforto walked twice and has reached base safely in every game.

Atlanta's Dansby Swanson picked up a single on Sunday and has hit safely in all 10 games.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 3, 2020

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