4/11/19 Game Preview: New York Mets at Atlanta Braves

4/11/19 Game Preview: New York Mets at Atlanta Braves


4/11/19 Game Preview: New York Mets at Atlanta Braves


Now that the two game anomaly known as the Twins series is over, the Mets can get on to serious business. A ten game road trip which flies through Atlanta, Philadelphia, and St. Louis will give everybody a good idea where the Mets truly are as a unit, even if it won’t solve anything in the standings. It all starts tonight at 7:20 when the Mets face the Braves at SunTrust Park.

It’s fitting that the Mets will face the Braves during Masters Week. Why? Because Braves Twitter has developed a strange habit of responding to the opposing team’s final score tweet with pictures of Tiger Woods after Braves victories.

This is so off the charts on the strange and organic meters and in a weird way, it’s wonderful.

It’s endless. Braves fans are even “Tigering” games they’re not involved in:

Hint: Don’t lose to the Braves … ever.

How to Enjoy

Radio Coverage: The Mets are on WCBS 880 and ESPN Deportes 1050 here in New York. If you’re in Atlanta, you can find their broadcast 680 AM/93.7 FM The Fan, and something called Rock 100.5 (Seventeenth caller wins tickets to see Nickelback at Phillips Arena) on the Braves Radio Network.

Television Coverage: SNY carries the game with Gary Cohen and partners to be determined. Chip Caray will give you all things fisted on FOX Sports Southeast in Atlanta.

Internet Coverage: It’s not on Facebook. And it’s not the free game of the day. I know that’s not very helpful.

The Pitchers

Steven Matz takes the hill for the Mets. Matz has an ERA of 0.87 and a WHIP of 1.16 in two starts so far. Matz did a good job of getting out of trouble with runners on base in his last start. Now he just needs to find a way to get through the sixth inning, as he has only pitched in 10 and 1/3 innings so far.

Apr 5, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Kevin Gausman (45) reacts after a double play to end the top of the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Gausman goes for the Braves tonight. Gausman went seven shutout innings in his only other start of the season against Miami. In six seasons with the Orioles, Gausman was 39-51 with an ERA of 4.22 and a WHIP of 1.35. In his short time in Atlanta, Gausman is 6-3 with a 2.57 ERA and a WHIP of 1.08. If I was Kevin Gausman, I’d thank a deity every day for not having to pitch in the A.L. East. (Though Gausman’s numbers at Oriole Park … 24-20/3.70 ERA/1.26 WHIP … were better than I thought they’d be.)

The Lineups

Solid. Useful. Good luck complaining about this one.

And for Tiger’s new favorite team:

Moving pictures on the lineup tweet is a nice touch.

Game Notes

  • Steven Matz has an ERA of 0.90 in two starts at SunTrust Park.
  • Wilson Ramos, who seemingly hits well everywhere, is 1-for-10 at SunTrust.
  • Robinson Cano is 6-for-15 lifetime against Gausman.
  • After going 67-106 at Turner Field, the Mets are a more respectable 10-10 at SunTrust Park.
  • The Braves signed Ozzie Albies to a seven-year extension worth $35 million before today’s game.

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