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Mets hope ace Max Scherzer can top Braves, stay healthy
New York Mets at Atlanta Braves
- The Mets are 8-4 against the Braves this season, including four wins in five games when the teams played each other in New York earlier this month (August 4-7). The Mets won two of the three games in their only series in Atlanta this year (July 11-13).
- The Mets have not allowed more than two runs in any of their last eight games, tying a franchise record set in 1969 (September 8-13). Since 1993, only one major-league team has posted a longer streak of games allowing two or fewer runs: the 2015 Astros, who did that in nine consecutive games (August 18-26).
- The Braves have the second-highest winning percentage in the majors this season in games decided by a one- or two-run margin (29-18, .617), behind the Astros (31-17, .646).
- Jeff McNeil has recorded 499 hits in his 469 games in the major leagues, all with the Mets. Among players whose first 500 MLB hits were all for the Mets, only three reached that mark in fewer than 475 games: Jose Reyes (414), David Wright (445) and Mookie Wilson (458).
- Carlos Carrasco is 5-0 (and the Mets are 7-0) in his last seven starts, posting a 1.69 ERA over this stretch. Carrasco won six consecutive decisions earlier this year (May 3-June 6), which ties him with Taijuan Walker (June 12-July 31) for the longest winning streak by a Mets pitcher this season.
- Spencer Strider has recorded 101 strikeouts in the 13 starts he has made in the major leagues (65.1 innings). Since 1999, the only other pitcher to register 100 or more strikeouts in their first 13 starts is Masahiro Tanaka (103 strikeouts).
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The New York Mets will bring out their two big guns to start the final two games of their four-game series in Atlanta.
Now if they can only stay healthy enough to get past the second inning.
The Mets lost their starting pitcher after two innings for the second straight game against the Braves on Tuesday. Taijuan Walker left with back spasms after throwing only 32 pitches.
On Monday, Carlos Carrasco exited with a left oblique strain that landed him on the injured list.
Now, with Atlanta having won the first two games of the series, the Mets need a big finish from Max Scherzer on Wednesday and Jacob deGrom on Thursday. The Braves have trimmed the Mets' lead in the National League East to 3 1/2 games.
"I feel like we are a unit and really doing well as a unit," said Scherzer, a right-hander. "Going out there and providing quality starts to the team and being consistent. We are the backbone of the team. Let the hitters be the muscle and we're the backbone. You can't win without backbone."
Atlanta manager Brian Snitker knows the final two games of the series won't be easy.
"We're aware that we're facing two of the game's best in the next two days," Snitker said. "But anything can happen. If you go up with that bat and swing it, you've got a chance. They're two of the premier pitchers in the league, and you know that going in. You still get after it and compete and see what happens."
Scherzer (8-2, 1.93 ERA) will be opposed by Atlanta right-hander Jake Odorizzi (4-4, 3.80) on Wednesday.
Scherzer is coming off a seven-inning stint against Philadelphia on Friday, when he allowed one run on nine hits and six strikeouts. It was the seventh time he has pitched at least seven innings and allowed one or fewer runs.
Scherzer is 12-9 with a 3.62 ERA in 29 career appearances (27 starts) against the Braves. He threw seven scoreless innings and fanned 11 without allowing a walk against Atlanta on Aug. 6 in the second game of a doubleheader.
Odorizzi was acquired by Atlanta from Houston at the trade deadline to provide depth for the team's young starting rotation. He is 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA in two starts since joining the club. The veteran worked four innings and allowed two runs on eight hits, one walk and two strikeouts in his last start against Miami on Friday.
He took the loss against the Mets in his Atlanta debut on Aug. 6 when he allowed three runs, two earned, in 4 2/3 innings in the first game of the twin bill.
The Mets might have highly regarded third baseman Brett Baty in the lineup. Baty, their first-round draft pick in 2019 and rated as their No. 2 prospect, was called up on Tuesday. He was hitting .315 with 19 homers in 95 minor league games split between Double-A and Triple-A.
Infielder Luis Guillorme was placed on the injured list with a groin strain, and Eduardo Escobar, who has lingering issues with his left oblique, was a late scratch on Tuesday. Escobar could be headed for the IL.
The Braves recalled right-hander Freddy Tarnok and middle infielder Ryan Goins, designated Danny Young for assignment and put reserve catcher Chadwick Tromp on the injured list.
--Field Level Media
Updated August 17, 2022