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Braves look to remain hot as they host Mets
New York Mets at Atlanta Braves
- The Mets and Braves have played just one series so far this season, with the division rivals splitting the four games in Atlanta. The Braves are 61-36 against the NL East since the beginning of last season, the best divisional record in the National League over that span.
- The Mets dropped three of four to the Cardinals in New York, with three of the games decided by a single run, 1-2 record for the Mets. New York has played 25 games this season decided by a single run, tied for second most in MLB (Ari, 27).
- The Braves took two of three from the visiting Phillies over the weekend, including a 15-1 win on Sunday. Atlanta has hit 19 home runs in its last seven games, all at home, its most in any seven-game span since July 2006.
- J.D. Davis went 5-for-11 in the four-game series with the Cardinals, including a career-high four hits on Saturday. Davis is batting .304 and slugging .500 against right-handed pitching this season.
- Josh Donaldson went 7-for-13 against the Phillies with a home run in each of the three games. It is the eighth streak of three-plus games with a home run in his career. His career-long streak of four straight games with a home run came in May 2015, his MVP season with Toronto.
- Mike Soroka allowed a career-high 10 hits and five earned runs in his last start, a no-decision against the Pirates in Atlanta on June 12. Soroka has not lost in ten consecutive starts and he is 2-0 with a 0.73 ERA in two career starts against the Mets, both in 2018.
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The Atlanta Braves will lean on rookie pitcher Mike Soroka to help keep the team's hot streak intact on Monday, when they open a three-game home series against the New York Mets.
The Braves are 6-1 on their current homestand after taking two of three games from the Philadelphia Phillies. Atlanta has won nine of its last 10 games, including Sunday's 15-1 win.
The Mets dropped three of four games to the St. Louis Cardinals over the weekend, including a 4-3 loss on Sunday, and are 5-5 over their last 10 games.
Soroka (7-1, 1.92) will face New York's Zack Wheeler (5-4, 4.87) in the series opener.
Soroka is coming off his worst start of the season. He allowed five runs on five hits in five innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 12. It was only the second time in 11 starts he has allowed more than two runs in a game. Two starts ago, against the Miami Marlins on June 7, Soroka pitched eight-plus innings and allowed one run.
Soroka will be making his third career start against the Mets. He is 2-0 with a 0.73 ERA in 12 1/3 innings in two previous starts. He beat the Mets 2-0 on June 13, 2018, when he worked 6 1/3 scoreless innings and allowed one hit with one walk and nine strikeouts.
Wheeler was roughed up in his last start by the New York Yankees. He allowed a career-high nine runs on 10 hits with a walk and six strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings. It was the first time since April 7 that he failed to complete six innings.
Wheeler has had trouble with gopher balls. He has given up 13 homers in 88 2/3 innings this season, one shy of his total from a year ago that was amassed in 182 1/3 innings.
"Any time you're giving up more homers, it's just execution," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. "It's getting the ball where you want to. You leave it in the middle against the wrong people, they're going to have a chance to do some damage."
In 11 career starts against the Braves, Wheeler is 6-3 with a 3.19 ERA. In his most recent start against Atlanta on April 12, Wheeler threw six innings and allowed two runs on six hits with three walks and eight strikeouts in six innings.
Wheeler, who is a native of metro Atlanta, will face a Braves lineup that has been scoring a lot of runs. Atlanta scored 15 runs on Sunday and have scored nine or more runs in 12 games.
Among the hottest players has been third baseman Josh Donaldson. He was 3-for-4 -- his second straight three-hit game -- and belted a two-run homer on Sunday. He was 7-for-13 with three homers and six RBIs in the three-game series against the Phillies.
Atlanta pitcher Sean Newcomb said he was just sore and bruised after being hit by a 102-mph line drive off the bat of Philadelphia's J.T. Realmuto on Saturday. Newcomb passed the league's concussion protocol, showing no other effects.
"He's sore obviously, but all the tests were good," Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. "He made it through the night good and felt good coming in. ... We're fortunate we dodged a bullet there."
--Field Level Media
Updated June 17, 2019