Game Preview: Mets @ Braves

The Mets are coming off back to back losses for the first time in a while as they face the Braves in Atlanta tonight. Last night the Mets offense struggled to get into gear while starting pitching, through Wheeler, struggled for the first time in a long time. This happens, let’s see what happens next. The larger concern – Jeff McNeil – left the game in the 9th inning with a hamstring problem. As of writing this at 6 AM, the Mets are planning to get McNeil an MRI at some point today.

The Mets bats will be facing Dallas Keuchel tonight. There’s some universe that the Mets signed Keuchel in the off-season as an upgrade to Jason Vargas. There’s some universe where the Mets signed Keuchel when the rotation was facing problems in late April and early May. More plausible – there’s some universe where anyone signed Keuchel in the off-season well ahead of spring training and he has a normal start to the season. We do live in the universe where none of that happened.

Keuchel is 3-5 over 10 games and 59.2 innings with a 4.83 ERA (worst since 2013), 5.23 FIP (worst since 2012), 1.358 WHIP (worst since 2013) and has a 95 ERA+ (which is actually his 5th best in 8 years). He’s coming off his worst start of the season where he allowed 8 runs from 10 hits in 3.2 innings against the Marlins. Before that he had a 3.86 ERA and the beginning of this paragraph probably looks a lot different. He has had outing that he looks like his classic self but in others, he hasn’t. This will be his first start this season against the Mets and the Mets have the following numbers against him:

Steven Matz is 7-7 over 23 games and 21 starts pitching 110.1 innings with a 4.49 ERA, 4.72 FIP, 1.396 WHIP and 92 ERA+. Matz is coming off of a strong start against the Marlins, allowing 2 runs over 6.2 innings from 7 hits and is only two starts removed from his complete game shutout against the Pirates. He was good in his first start against the Braves allowing 2 runs over 6.0 innings and then his second start he allowed 5 runs over 5.0 innings. The Braves have the following numbers against him:

Let’s Go Mets!

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