Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Braves - Game 156
1. Matt den Dekker (L) LF
2. Wilmer Flores (R) 2B
3. Daniel Murphy (L) 3B
4. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
5. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
6. Kirk Nieuwenhuis (L) CF
7. Anthony Recker (R) C
8. Ruben Tejada (R) SS
9. Jacob deGrom (L) P
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Preview: Game 156
Probable Starting Pitchers:
New York Mets (75-80) at Atlanta Braves (76-78)
Jacob deGrom (8-6, 2.68 ERA) Vs Ervin Santana (14-9, 3.74 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch: 1:35 PM
Preview:Another offensive slump has been too much to overcome, leaving the Atlanta Braves on the verge of being eliminated from postseason contention for the first time since 2011.
They aren't likely to catch a break at the plate in a matchup with the New York Mets' rookie of the year candidate.
The free-falling Braves will try to avoid their 11th loss in 13 games Sunday, while Jacob deGrom looks to lead the Mets to their first sweep at Atlanta in seven years.
Atlanta (76-78) ranks near the bottom of the majors with 3.6 runs per game and a .242 batting average, but the club has been even worse during its current 5-14 stretch, averaging 2.1 runs while hitting .216.
Emilio Bonifacio led the Braves with two hits Saturday after going 3 for 30 in his previous 14 games, while Freddie Freeman drove in the only runs with an eighth-inning single in a 4-2 defeat.
The Braves will be eliminated from the NL wild-card chase with any combination of two Pittsburgh wins or Atlanta losses. They'll face another tough challenge as they try to avoid getting swept at home by the Mets for the first time since Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2007.
DeGrom (8-6, 2.68 ERA) is a serious contender for top NL rookie honors after going 7-1 with a 1.81 ERA over his last 11 starts. Only Tampa Bay's Alex Cobb (1.61) and the Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw (1.75) have better ERAs since July 8.
After allowing no earned runs in three consecutive starts, the right-hander didn't get a decision Monday when he gave up three runs over seven innings in a 6-5 loss to Miami.
DeGrom, however, tied a major league record set by Houston's Jim Deshaies in 1986 by striking out the first eight batters he faced. He went on to finish with a career-high 13 strikeouts while walking only one.
Six days after he allowed three runs over five innings in a 3-1 loss at Atlanta, the 26-year-old struck out 11 Braves over seven shutout innings in an 8-3 victory at Citi Field on July 8.
Chris Johnson (3 for 5), B.J. Upton (3 for 5) and Jason Heyward (3 for 6) have had success against deGrom. Heyward hopes to return to the lineup after missing two games with a bruised left thumb.
Ervin Santana (14-9, 3.74) may not have room for error as he looks to bounce back from back-to-back defeats. He allowed two runs and three hits over six innings Monday, but received nothing from the offense in a 4-2 loss to Washington. The right-hander had been 7-0 with a 2.91 ERA in his previous eight starts at Turner Field.
Now Santana makes his fourth start versus New York this season after going 2-1 with a 2.05 ERA over the first three. In his only home meeting, he surrendered three hits over eight shutout innings in a 4-3 win April 9.
Daniel Murphy has gone 4 for 9 against him in 2014, but Curtis Granderson is 1 for 9. Granderson, who hit his 19th home run Saturday, has gone 7 for 18 with three homers in his last four games in Atlanta.
Batters vs Pitchers:
W: J. Niese (9-11) L: M. Minor (6-12) S: J. Mejia (27)
HR: NYM - D. Herrera (3),C. Granderson (19) ATL - None
Recap:Curtis Granderson and Dilson Herrera both homered to help the New York Mets in a 4-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.
Jon Niese (9-11) worked 7 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits with five strikeouts.
Lucas Duda added an RBI for New York, which has won two straight and three of four overall.
Braves starter Mike Minor (6-12) took the loss after he allowed one run in just an inning of work, leaving the game with shoulder discomfort.
Freddie Freeman had two RBI for Atlanta, which fell to 4-13 in the month of September.
New York scored a run in the first, then plated a pair in the second inning off reliever David Hale. Lucas Duda drove a sacrifice fly to center that scored Eric Young Jr., who walked to open the game. Granderson doubled to lead off the second, but was thrown out at home by Emilio Bonifacio after Eric Campbell stroked a single to right.
Herrera clubbed his third homer of the season in the following at-bat to stretch the lead to 3-0.
In the eighth, Granderson sent a shot over the wall in right to increase the lead by four.
Atlanta loaded the bases with one out in the home eighth to knock Niese out of the game and Freeman drove in Joey Terdoslavich and Emilio Bonifacio to cut the deficit in half.
Jenrry Mejia came on in the ninth and worked around a one-out single by Ramiro Pena to capture his 27th save of the season.
Minor entered the game on a three-start losing streak ... New York went 2- for-12 with runners in scoring position, while Atlanta converted 2-of-10 chances with RISP.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Juan Lagares did not travel with the Mets to Turner Field for the series with the Atlanta Braves. He is not due to rejoin the club for the next stop in D.C., either.
So Lagares may be done for the season with a sprained right elbow.
Terry Collins said there is a chance Lagares may appear during the season-ending three-game series back at Citi Field against the Houston Astros, but team doctors would need to sign off. Lagares is due to be reexamined after the weekend.
He departed Tuesday's game after the elbow worsened on a throw from the outfield to second base.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis volunteered to play in Friday's series opener against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field, but Terry Collins opted to give the outfielder the day off after Nieuwenhuis passed a kidney stone.
Matt den Dekker moved to center field, with Eric Young Jr. starting in left field.
Wally Backman, who is now coaching with the Mets assessed a couple of Mets Prospects than he managed in Vegas in 2014.
Here are some of his quotes:
NOAH SYNDERGAARD, rhp