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Truist Park, Atlanta, Georgia  Attendance: 37,449

Mets attempt to shake off blowout loss to Braves in opener

According to STATS
According to STATS

New York Mets at Atlanta Braves

  1. 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).
  2. 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).
  3. 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).
  4. 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).
  5. 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.
  6. 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).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/15/2022 thru 8/18/2022
(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Atlanta manager Brian Snitker warned fans not to take too much away from the Braves' dominant win over the New York Mets on Monday.

"It's just one game," Snitker said. "I hope it's a good series."

The second-place Braves routed the first-place Mets 13-1, their seventh consecutive win, as they closed within 4 1/2 games of New York in the National League East.

Atlanta has not lost since dropping four of five games against the Mets a week ago.

"(Last week) was one of those series you have in baseball," Snitker said. "We had been on a pretty good run and I knew this thing wasn't going to be smooth until the end. There was going to be adversity."

Atlanta hit three home runs on Monday and handed the Mets their most lopsided loss of the season.

Braves leadoff man Ronald Acuna Jr. had three hits -- all doubles -- and is batting .419 (18-for-43) with six RBIs and nine runs during his past 11 games. He has hit safely in all 11 of his starts against New York this year.

On Tuesday, the Mets will send Taijuan Walker (10-3, 3.43 ERA) to oppose Atlanta veteran Charlie Morton (5-5, 4.26).

Walker was roughed up by the Braves on Aug. 5 and took the loss in the only game dropped by New York in the five-game series. Walker pitched one-plus inning and allowed eight runs on seven hits, two of them home runs.

However, he bounced back to beat the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday, throwing six innings and allowing two runs on five hits. The victory enabled Walker to reach the 10-win mark for the second time in his career.

"Our guys haven't gotten out of sync very long," New York manager Buck Showalter said. "I've said many times, it's about stretching out the good times and shortening up the bad ones. It's going to happen. They've done a good job of not getting into that snowball mode."

Walker is 1-2 with a 5.54 ERA in six career starts against the Braves.

Morton has gone five starts without a win, last prevailing on July 8 against the Washington Nationals. In his latest outing, on Aug. 9, Morton received a no-decision after allowing five runs in six innings against the Boston Red Sox.

In 17 career appearances, 16 starts, against the Mets, Morton is 3-6 with a 3.81 ERA. This season against New York, Morton is 0-2 with a 7.59 ERA. Most recently, the Mets beat Morton on July 13, when he yielded five runs in five-plus innings.

The Mets placed third baseman Luis Guillorme and catcher Tomas Nido on the injured list on Monday. Guillorme sustained a left groin strain while running the bases on Sunday and will be out at least a month. Nido was placed on the COVID-19 list. New York recalled infielder Deven Marrero and catcher Michael Perez.

New York also may have lost starter Carlos Carrasco on Monday when he exited because of left side tightness after only two innings. He will have an MRI exam on Tuesday, and Showalter said the club may make a move to add a reliever to help cover the next three games.

Braves left fielder Eddie Rosario exited the series opener for a pinch hitter in the sixth inning because of hamstring tightness. He likely will be sidelined for one or two games but isn't expected to land on the injured list, according to Snitker.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 16, 2022

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