The Mets (61-57, 8.0 GB in NL East, 1.0 GB in Wild Card) begin a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves (70-50, 6.0 GA in NL East) on Tuesday night at 7:20 p.m. at SunTrust Park.
The Mets enter the series winners of 15 out of 17. ... The Mets have gone 29-25 against the NL East this season, but just 4-6 against Atlanta. ... The Mets are 21-7 since the All-Star break, the best second half record in baseball, and their starters have a 2.93 ERA during that period. ... The road has been kind to the Mets lately, as they've won five of their last six away from Citi Field.
|Ronald Acuna Jr., LF||Jeff McNeil, 2B|
|Ozzie Albies, 2B||Amed Rosario, SS|
|Freddie Freeman, 1B||Pete Alonso, 1B|
|Josh Donaldson, 3B||J.D. Davis, LF|
|Brian McCann, C||Wilson Ramos, C|
|Matt Joyce, RF||Michael Conforto, RF|
|Ender Inciarte, CF||Todd Frazier, 3B|
|Charlie Culberson, SS||Juan Lagares, CF|
|Max Fried, LHP||Zack Wheeler, RHP|
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Who is starting for the Mets?
RHP Zack Wheeler (9-6, 4.20 ERA), who has tossed 15.0 scoreless innings since August 1, striking out 12 and walking just one. ... Wheeler was dominant in his last start, going eight shutout innings against the Marlins, scattering eight hits and striking out five. ... Wheeler has 11 starts this season of at least 7.0 innings.
Who is starting for the Braves?
LHP Max Fried (13-4, 4.11 ERA), who picked up his 13th win in his last start, going 5.1 innings against the Twins, allowing three earned. ... The Braves has won Fried's last four starts, and are 16-8 overall in games that he pitches this season. ... Fried faced the Mets on June 30, taking a no-decision while allowing three earned in 5.0 innings.
The Mets and Braves continue their three-game series in Atlanta on Wednesday night. Steven Matz (7-7, 4.49 ERA) will take the ball against Braves lefty Dallas Keuchel (3-5, 4.83 ERA) at 7:20 p.m. at SunTrust Park.