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Mets aim to improve in NL East race vs. Braves

According to STATS
According to STATS

Atlanta Braves at New York Mets

  1. The Braves swept the Marlins and have now won five straight, holding opponents to three runs or fewer in each game. They had only held one opponent to three runs or fewer in their previous 14 games.
  2. The Mets have also won five straight games, including a sweep of the Indians in their last series. They are 27-10 since the All-Star break, best in MLB, and sit just 1.5 games out of the last NL wild card spot after sitting 11.5 games out of the playoffs entering the break.
  3. The Braves are 20-11 against the Mets in New York since 2016, holding them to four runs or fewer in 25 of the 31 games. The Mets' 11-20 record is their second-worst home record against any NL team in that same span (1-8 vs. Dodgers).
  4. Freddie Freeman tied a career high with his 34th home run of the season against the Marlins on Thursday. He also needs just two runs and six RBI to tie his career high in runs (102) and RBI (109).
  5. Wilson Ramos is on a 16-game hitting streak, the longest active streak in MLB and the third-longest of his career. The only Mets catcher with a longer hit streak was Mike Piazza in 1999 (24) and 2000 (21).
  6. Jacob deGrom has a 2.00 ERA in 20 career starts against the Braves, lowest by any pitcher against the Braves since they moved to Atlanta in 1966 (minimum 20 starts). In three starts against the Braves this year, he has given up five home runs after giving up a total of five home runs over his first 17 starts against the Braves.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/23/2019 thru 8/25/2019
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

For about a month, the focus for the New York Mets in terms of likely ways into the playoffs has been on a crowded National League wild-card race.

This weekend if things go right, the Mets can make a small dent in the NL East race and they will get three chances to gain ground starting Friday when they host the Atlanta Braves for the opener of a three-game series.

The Mets (67-60) are a major league-best 27-10 since the All-Star break and trail the Braves by nine games in the division. They are 1 1/2 games behind in the wild-card race after extending their winning streak to five games and improving to 13-1 in their last 14 home games with a 2-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night.

"I think it's a great indication that we're playing very good baseball," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. "We're continuing to stress the right things. We're playing the game the right way, and everyone's performing."

Wilson Ramos had a two-run double to extend his hitting streak to 16 games, the longest by a Met since Carlos Beltran also hit in 16 straight in 2009. During the streak, he is batting .391 (25-for-64) with three homers and 14 RBIs.

Atlanta leads the season series with the Mets 8-5 and enters this weekend with five straight wins after Ronald Acuna Jr. had the game-winning single in the ninth inning of Thursday's 3-2 win over the Miami Marlins.

Acuna is batting .325 (27-for-83) in his last 20 games and .393 (14-for-48) in the season series with the Mets.

Freddie Freeman hit a game-tying homer Thursday and has nine homers in his last 20 games. He also is hitting .327 (16-for-49) with four homers and 10 RBIs against the Mets this season.

"We just want to make sure we come out every day with the same energy, same passion, love for the game, and God willing, see everybody in October," Acuna said.

Jacob deGrom (8-7, 2.61), who is 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star break opens the series for the Mets. DeGrom also is 4-0 with a 1.21 ERA in his last eight starts since his last loss on June 28 against Atlanta.

The reigning NL Cy Young award winner last pitched Saturday in Kansas City when he allowed one run on three hits in seven innings of a 4-1 win.

He is 7-7 with a 2.00 ERA in 20 starts against Atlanta and 1-2 with a 3.72 ERA in three starts against the Braves this season.

Mike Foltynewicz (4-5, 6.09 ERA) will make his fourth start since returning from the minors. While he was 5-1 with a 3.86 ERA in six minor league outings, he is 2-0 with a 5.06 ERA in three starts since returning to Atlanta.

Foltynewicz last started in a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday when he took a no-decision after allowing two runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.

He is 1-1 with a 5.91 ERA in five career appearances (four starts) against the Mets.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 23, 2019

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