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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Preview: 2011 Regular Season Game 16 - Mets at Braves

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New York Mets (4-11) at Atlanta Braves (7-8), 1:35 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Dillon Gee (0-0, 0.00) Atlanta - Tommy Hanson (1-2, 3.38)

With Chris Young going on the disabled list yesterday, the New York Mets turn to Dillon Gee this afternoon to help them snap a seven-game losing streak when they play the Braves in the conclusion of a three-game series.

Young hit the DL due to biceps tendinitis, meaning Gee has the assignment to hold off the Atlanta bats and end New York's longest slide since dropping 11 in a row during the 2004 season.

Gee, who will be promoted from Triple-A Buffalo, went 2-2 with a 2.18 ERA in five starts last year. He lost to the Braves in one appearance, allowing six hits and three runs over seven innings.

The Braves will counter with Tommy Hanson, who is coming off throwing seven shutout innings of a 5-0 victory against Florida on Tuesday. He's 3-1 with a 1.76 ERA in five lifetime starts against the Mets.

The teams played a doubleheader on Saturday.

Jair Jurrjens allowed two hits over seven shutout innings in his 2011 debut, and the Braves blanked the Mets, 4-0, to complete a doubleheader sweep. In the opener, Alex Gonzalez hit two of Atlanta's four solo home runs to help the Braves take a 4-2 win.

Jurrjens (1-0), who had been out with a right oblique strain, walked one batter and struck out four. He moved to 8-2 lifetime against the Mets. George Sherrill and Scott Linebrink combined for five strikeouts over the final two innings to complete the two-hit gem.

"Every time you sweep a team in your division it's a plus for us," Jurrjens said. "It's nice to be back, nice to be part of the team and definitely nice to have a win coming back in the first start."

Eric Hinske had three hits and an RBI.

Mike Pelfrey (0-2) surrendered 11 hits and four runs over five-plus innings for the Mets, who are mired in their longest slide since dropping 11 in a row during the 2004 season.

Friday night's rainout caused the Mets to play back-to-back doubleheaders for the first time since August 20-21, 1998, against St. Louis. They were swept in a twinbill by Colorado on Thursday.

"I can tell you why we didn't produce in the second game tonight and that is that's about as good a command of stuff I've seen in a long time, since we faced (Florida's) Josh Johnson," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "That might be the best command of all three pitches I've seen a pitcher have a long time. He pitched to the corners all night long, both sides of the plate. He really pitched well."

Atlanta won 11 of 18 over New York last year, prevailing in seven of the final eight matchups as well as six of nine at Turner Field.
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