4/12/19 Game Preview: New York Mets at Atlanta Braves

4/12/19 Game Preview: New York Mets at Atlanta Braves

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4/12/19 Game Preview: New York Mets at Atlanta Braves

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The big ten game trip started with a nice win in Atlanta. The Mets return to SunTrust Park tonight for another battle with the Atlanta Braves at 7:20 PM. That’s a weird start time, but it was made possible when everybody figured out how to navigate traffic in Atlanta (no, really.)

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 Rock 100.5 on the Braves Radio Network.

Television Coverage: Along with the usual suspects (SNY in New York and FOX Southeast in Atlanta), if you find yourself out of either market and are stuck in a hotel room while your colleagues are getting themselves in trouble somewhere else in the city, you can find the game on MLB Network.

The Pitchers

Zack Wheeler’s last start was abysmal, as only 11 of his first 40 pitches on Sunday were strikes. Wheeler hopes to rekindle some magic in the region where he had his magical first ever start.

Apr 6, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Kyle Wright (65) throws the ball against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Wright goes for Cobb County tonight, and he’s one of the intriguing young prospects who the Braves will need to step up if they hope to hang with the other three teams in the division. Wright’s second start against the Marlins was much better than his first start against the Phillies where he walked five in four and a third. But the Braves are 0-2 with Wright starting for them in 2019.

The Lineups

Amed Rosario moves up to the two hole, while Dominic Smith is in the lineup one night after Pete Alonso hits a massive home run. Live look at Mets twitter:

Also, Brandon Nimmo drops to eighth in the lineup.

For Atlanta:

Ozzie Albies drops from leadoff to seventh and Ender Inciarte comes in at CF replacing Johan Camargo (who was in left … Ronald Acuna slides over) against the righty.

Game Notes

  • Only Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge have hit harder home runs in the Statcast era than Alonso’s  118.3 MPH home run last night, which landed in SunTrust’s version of a waterfall.
  • Wheeler was 2-1 with a 1.93 ERA at Turner Field, but bombed in his only start at SunTrust: six runs in five and 2/3’s innings last June 12th.
  • I don’t know what this means, but in his career Amed Rosario is batting .191 in his career in the second inning (the only inning where he’s hit under .230 in his career.) This season, Rosario is hitting .429 in the second, including his home run last night. /shrugs
  • But if you want more meaningful Rosario stats:

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