The Mets (67-60, 9.0 GB in NL East, 1.5 GB for second Wild Card) start up their three-game series against the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves (77-52, 6.0 GA in NL East) at Citi Field on Friday night at 7:10 p.m.
The Mets finished off their sweep of the Cleveland Indians, beating them 2-0 on Thursday night. Noah Syndergaard was spectacular on the mound, throwing just 73 pitches through 6.0 innings. He had a perfect game going on until Tyler Naquin singled to center field with one out in the top of the sixth inning. Then the rain came down, as the game was delayed in the bottom of the sixth inning. Wilson Ramos extended his hitting streak to 16-games, it's the longest active streak in the MLB. He delivered a two-run double in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Joe Panik and Michael Conforto scored the only runs of the game. The Mets have outscored their opponents 114-73 so far in the month of August, and rank third in the majors with a .292 batting average this month.
|Amed Rosario, SS||Ronald Acuna Jr., CF|
|Joe Panik, 2B||Ozzie Albies, 2B|
|Pete Alonso, 1B||Freddie Freeman, 1B|
|Michael Conforto, RF||Josh Donaldson, 3B|
|J.D. Davis, LF||Matt Joyce, RF|
|Luis Guillorme, 3B||Adeiny Hechavarria, SS|
|Juan Lagares, CF||Rafael Ortega, LF|
|Tomas Nido, C||Alex Jackson, C|
|Jacob deGrom, P||Mike Foltynewicz, P|
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Who is starting for the Mets?
RHP Jacob deGrom (8-7, 2.61 ERA) could improve to 5-0 since the All-Star break with the win. He has 56 strikeouts and a 1.00 ERA over 45.0 innings in the second half. In his last start, deGrom struck out five and allowed just one earned run on three hits over 7.0 innings of work. With six strikeouts tonight, deGrom would reach the 200 strikeout mark for the fourth time in his career... he currently leads the NL with 194 strikeouts.
Who is starting for the Braves?
RHP Mike Foltynewicz (4-5, 6.09 ERA) threw 107 pitches in just 4.2 innings of work against the Dodgers on Aug. 17, as he registered a no-decision. He struck out five, walked three, and allowed only two earned runs on seven hits. Foltynewicz has won his two other starts in August, striking out seven in both games.
The Mets will continue their three-game series with the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. RHP Zack Wheeler (9-7, 4.40 ERA) takes the mound for the Mets against LHP Max Fried (14-4, 3.84 ERA) for the Braves.