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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Preview: Game 132 - Braves at Mets - Wood vs Gee

Preview: Game 132
Atlanta Braves (68-63) at New York Mets (61-70)

Probable Pitchers:
Alex Wood (9-9, 3.05 ERA) vs Dillon Gee (4-6, 3.84 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch: 7:10 PM


Alex Wood wants to be known as an elite pitcher, and Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez believes he has the tools to accomplish that goal.

The left-hander looks to stay hot Tuesday night as Atlanta opens a three-game road set with the New York Mets and starter Dillon Gee, who hasn't won since beating the Braves a month and a half ago.

Wood (9-9, 3.05 ERA) has a 2.83 ERA in 18 starts this season while also making 11 appearances out of the bullpen. He has allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his last five starts, going 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA.

He blanked Pittsburgh through seven innings Wednesday, but allowed the first two hitters to reach in the eighth before being removed. Both ended up scoring and the Braves eventually fell 3-2.

Wood allowed three runs in six innings of Atlanta's 5-3 win over the Mets on June 30, and he'll look to help the Braves bounce back after dropping the final two of a four-game set with Cincinnati following Sunday's 5-3 defeat.

Atlanta (68-63), which is fighting to keep pace in a tight NL wild-card race, had won seven of eight prior to the back-to-back losses.

The Braves are 3-4 against the Mets at Citi Field this season, including when Gee lowered his ERA to 2.56 after allowing one run in seven innings of a 4-1 win over Atlanta on July 9.

Gee (4-6, 3.84) hasn't won since, going 0-5 with a 5.71 ERA in seven starts following the All-Star break.

The right-hander gave up four runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings of a 6-2 loss to Oakland on Tuesday.

Gee has been excellent against the Braves recently though, going 2-1 with a 1.23 ERA in his last four starts. He could be in line for some solid run support if the Mets (61-70) hit like they did in Sunday's 11-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Lucas Duda hit a three-run homer, added a solo shot and drove in five runs for New York, which had lost five of its previous six before accounting for its most runs and hits (14) since beating Philadelphia 11-2 with 15 hits July 30.

Bartolo Colon earned the victory in his first start since the death of his mother, but the Mets placed the 41-year-old on waivers at some point this weekend.

Colon reportedly cleared waivers Monday, making him eligible to be traded to any team, and New York seems open to making a move.

David Wright left Sunday's win in the third inning with neck spasms, and Daniel Murphy left early with a right calf cramp. It's unclear if either will play in this contest.

Batters vs Pitchers:

Emilio Bonifacio53000110.600.667.6001.267
Jose Constanza32001100.667.6671.6672.333
Ryan Doumit30000002.
Freddie Freeman266101411.231.259.385.644
Evan Gattis121000004.
Jason Heyward248001265.333.484.458.942
Chris Johnson133100113.231.286.308.593
Tommy La Stella32000000.667.667.6671.333
Gerald Laird61000003.
Andrelton Simmons132100001.
Joey Terdoslavich20000001.
B.J. Upton61100221.167.333.333.667
Justin Upton245101217.208.240.375.615
Andrew Brown40000000.
Eric Campbell31000002.333.333.333.667
Travis d'Arnaud21100100.500.5001.0001.500
Lucas Duda30000022.000.400.000.400
Wilmer Flores21000011.500.667.5001.167
Curtis Granderson31001100.333.3331.3331.667
Juan Lagares81100014.
Daniel Murphy115000003.455.455.455.909
Josh Satin43001120.750.8331.5002.333
Ruben Tejada31000000.333.333.333.667
David Wright41000010.250.400.250.650
Eric Young Jr.21000001.500.500.5001.000

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