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MLB Preview: New York Mets (58-67) at Atlanta Braves (80-43)

NEW YORK METS NOTES:

METSCELLANEOUS: The Mets fell to the Cardinals, 7-3, on Sunday in St. Louis…The Mets have won four their last five games…The Mets continue a seven-game road trip (3-1) to St. Louis (3-1) and Atlanta (three games)…The Mets are off on Thursday before returning to New York for a 10-day, nine-game homestand against the Angels (three games), Rangers (three games) and Mariners (three games).

TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUIST: Jeff McNeil has hit .374 (37-99) with 15 runs, nine doubles, two home runs, seven RBI, six walks with a .415 OBP and a .525 SLG in 26 career games at the home of the Braves…In 65 career games against Atlanta, McNeil is a .339 (83-245) hitter with 32 runs, 22 doubles, five home runs, 24 RBI, 10 walks with an .868 OPS.

JEFF McHITS: Jeff McNeil has safely hit in 14 of his last 16 games, batting .339 (21-62) with 12 runs, three doubles, three home runs, 12 RBI, and four walks with a .391 OBP and a .532 SLG in that span…In 35 games following the All-Star break, McNeil is batting .285 (39-137) with 21 runs, six doubles, one triple, three home runs, 20 RBI, seven walks with a .340 OBP…He has struck out only 12 times in 150 plate appearances following the All-Star break.

EIGHT DAYS A WEEK: New York has won six of its last eight games…The Mets are batting .271/.345/.495 and have posted a 3.80 ERA (30 ER/71.0 IP) during the streak…Over the last eight games, the Mets have outscored their opponents 53-30.

PLAYER GAMES SLASHLINE HOME RUNS RBI
Brandon Nimmo 16 .351/.448/.561 3 4
Francisco Lindor 18 .343/.403/.457 1 10
Jeff McNeil 20 .313/.356/.463 3 12
Pete Alonso 20 .254/.376/.690 9 19
METS NUMBERS IN AUGUST

DINGERS: The Mets have homered in seven straight games, blasting 17 home runs in that span…It is their fourth-longest streak of the season…Overall, the Mets have hit 161 home runs, which is fourth in the National League.

MONTHLY REPORT: Pete Alonso has recorded nine home runs in 20 games this month…His career-best for any singly month is 11 home runs, which he recorded in 27 games in September of 2019…He has recorded five months with at least 10 home runs in his career…His next home run would mark the second time this year that Alonso has hit 10 homers in a single month…He hit 10 home runs in May…He also hit one home run in March and nine in April.

THIS IS ALMOST 40: Pete Alonso is third in the majors and second in the National League with 39 home runs…Alonso is one home run shy of recording his third season of 40 or more home runs…He socked 53 in 2019 and 40 last season…He is the only player in franchise history with multiple seasons of 40 or more home runs…Since he entered the league in 2019, only two other players have recorded multiple seasons with 40 or more home runs (Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout)… Only one active player (Nelson Cruz, four) has more than three 40-HR seasons…Alonso’s 185 home runs since he entered the league in 2019 are the most in the major leagues…With one more long ball, he’ll become the fifth player in MLB history with three or more seasons with 40+ home runs in a player’s first five years…He would join Ralph Kiner (4), Ryan Howard (3), Albert Pujols (3) and Eddie Matthews (3).

THE ROAD TO 100: Pete Alonso is second in the majors and in the NL with 94 RBI…He has previously recorded two seasons with 100 RBI (120 in 2019 and 131 in 2022)…He is seeking to become the fourth player in Mets history to record three or more seasons with 100 or more RBI…David Wright is the franchise leader with five such seasons…Carlos Beltrán and Darryl Strawberry recorded three seasons each.

RANK PLAYER HR

  1. Darryl Strawberry 252
  2. David Wright 242
  3. Mike Piazza 220
  4. Howard Johnson 192
  5. Pete Alonso 185

RANK PLAYER RBI

  1. Carlos Beltrán 559
  2. Edgardo Alfonzo 538
    T8. Cleon Jones 521
    T8. Jose Reyes 521
  3. Pete Alonso 474
    METS CAREER LEADERS, HOME RUNS AND RBI

GIMME A BREAK: Alonso is hitting .256 (32-125) with 20 extra-base hits, 33 RBI, 22 runs, 17 walks and a .990 OPS in 35 games following the All-Star break…He batted .211 (64-304) with 50 runs, seven one triple, 26 home runs and 61 RBI in the 82 games before the break.

LINSANITY: Lindor is on a seven-game hitting streak, batting .400 (12-30) in that span with seven runs, three doubles, five RBI, one walk and two steals… Over his last 53 games, he is batting .307 (61-199) with 41 runs, 11 doubles, two triples, 10 home runs, 31 RBI, 26 walks, 15 steals with a .391 OBP, a .533 SLG and a .934 OPS…Lindor has stolen 21 bases in 123 games this season, exceeding his total from 2022 (16 steals in 161 games)…His career-best is 25 steals 158 games in 2018.

I DECLARE fWAR: Francisco Lindor ranks fifth in the majors and fourth in the National League with a 5.0 fWAR…Since he joined the Mets, Lindor has posted a 16.0 fWAR…Only Freddie Freeman (17.9) and Mookie Betts (16.8) have posted a higher mark in the Senior Circuit…His 16.0 fWAR since 2021 ranks fifth in the majors in that span.

INVADER NIM: Over the last 12 games, Brandon Nimmo is batting .391 (18- 46) with six runs, two doubles, three home runs, four RBI, eight walks, a .481 OBP and a .630 SLG…He is batting .294 (45-153) with 11 doubles, one triple, two home runs, 13 RBI, 12 walks with a .364 OBP and a .418 SLG against lefthanded pitchers this year…His .294 average is the ninth best in the majors by a left-handed hitter against fellow lefties.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The Mets are 27-39 on the road this year…They have posted a 4.82 ERA in away games…New York has played 66 games on the road this year…That is tied for the most in the majors. 150: Kodai Senga now has 154 strikeouts on the season…He became the seventh pitcher in franchise history to record at least 150 strikeouts in his rookie season…Senga is tied with Gary Gentry for sixth place among rookie pitchers in team history (Gentry had 154 in 1969)…His is the fifth pitcher of Japanese origin to post at least 150 strikeouts as a rookie, joining Hideo Nomo (236 in 1995), Yu Darvish (221 in 2012), Daisuke Matsuzaka (201 in
2007), and Kenta Maeda (179 in 2016)…Courtesy of sportsradar.

DOING THE SPLITS: Brandon Nimmo is batting .293 (71-242) with 35 runs, 11 doubles, three triples, seven home runs, 30 RBI, 34 walks, a .382 OBP and a .450 SLG on the road this season…This compares to a .238/.345/.444 slashline with 21 extra-base hits at home…Francisco Lindor is a .275 (71-259) with 47 runs, 19 doubles, two triples, 13 home runs, 50 RBI, 24 walks, a .345 OBP, and a .516 SLG on the road in 2023…He is slashing .223/.322/.398 with 18 extra-base hits at Citi Field this year.

IF YOU START ME UP: The Mets are 37-10 when the starting pitcher throws at least 6.0 innings…New York has gone 15-1 when its starter pitches 7.0+ innings and are a perfect 5-0 when the starter completes 8.0 innings.

STARTING PITCHER – DAVID PETERSON LHP #23
2023 STATS: 3-7, 5.45 E R A

LAST TIME OUT: Threw 3.2 innings in the Mets’ 7-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field…Allowed one run on three hits while issuing a career-high six walks and striking out five.

HOME OF THE BRAVE(S): Tonight, Peterson will make his ninth career appearance and eighth career start against the Braves…Has pitched to a 4-3 record and owns a 4.83 ERA (22 ER/41.0 IP) in those appearances… Faced the Braves at Citi Field this season on April 28…Threw 5.0 innings and allowed four runs on five hits while walking one and fanning six in the Mets’ 4-0 loss…This will be Peterson’s sixth time facing the Braves on the road.

MAKIN’ IT MAJOR: Since returning to the majors on June 27 after a stint with Syracuse (AAA), Peterson has pitched to a 2-1 record with a 2.41 ERA (9 ER/33.2 IP) in 12 games, six of which were starts.

A MINUTE IN THE MINORS: Peterson was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse on April 29, was recalled on May 9, then optioned again on May 16…In his first start with Syracuse following his May 16 option, he dealt 8.0 shutout innings, allowed just two hits and struck out nine…For his effort, he as named International League Pitcher of the Week…All told, he has made seven starts for the Syracuse Mets this season…Has a 1-2 record with a 4.86 ERA (20 ER/37.0 IP).

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Over ten road outings (eight starts) this season, the southpaw has pitched to an 7.75 ERA (33 ER/38.1 IP)…This season, Peterson has pitched to a 2.88 ERA (11 ER/34.1 IP) in ten home outings (six starts).

LETHAL LEFTY: Peterson has limited lefties to a .239 (62-259) average in his career…He whiffed 32 of the 96 left-handed batters he faced last year, a 33 percent strikeout rate that ranked fourth among all left-handed pitchers to face a minimum of 90 LHB in 2022.

SLIP ‘N’ SLIDE: Peterson held batters to a .175 (24-137) average with his slider last season and 78 of his 126 strikeouts came on the pitch…His 52.0 slider-strikeout percentage was the second-highest in MLB (min. 150 PA) behind only teammate Edwin Díaz (54.7) and his 47.9 whiff percentage with the pitch was the third-highest in the majors behind only Díaz (54.7) and Seattle’s Andres Muñoz (50.8).

STRIKE ‘EM OUT, STRIKE ‘EM OUT: Peterson struck out at least five batters in 11 straight starts from June 20-September 9 last season, the second-longest streak by a left-handed starter last season…It was the sixth-longest streak by a Mets left-handed starter in franchise history…Peterson had 82 strikeouts across 58.2 innings during that span (13 G/11 GS) good for a 12.58 K/9 ratio.

ATLANTA BRAVES NOTES:

New York City
The Braves welcome the Mets to Truist Park for three games this week, the last scheduled games for Atlanta versus teams from New York City this season. In 13 total games against the Mets and Yankees this season, Atlanta is 11-2 and has outscored them, 100-45 (+53). Seven of the 13 total games have come in he last 10 days, and Atlanta went 6-1 in those seven games. The Braves went 3-1 at Citi Field in Queens last weekend, and swept the Yankees at Truist Park last week. The Braves also took two-of-three from San Francisco this weekend. The Giants were founded in 1883 as the New York Gothams in Manhattan before moving to California in 1957.

TONIGHT’S GAME: The Braves and Mets tonight open a three-game series with what is the 11th of 13 games between the teams this season…The two last met just eight days ago in the conclusion of a four-game set at Citi Field.

  • Atlanta is 8-2 in 10 games with New York this season…The Braves have won 14 of the last 17 games with New York dating to last season, outscoring the Mets 124-61 (+63) over the stretch.
  • The Braves went 10-9 against the Mets last season, taking the season set from their N.L. East rivals for the fifth consecutive season…They also went 10-9 in 2021, 7-3 in 2020, 11-8 in 2019 and 13-6 in 2018…Since the start of the 2018 season, Atlanta is 59-37 (.623) against New York overall.
  • Atlanta swept the only three games between the teams at Truist Park this season, June 6-8, and has won seven straight with New York at home dating to last season…Since Truist Park opened in 2017, the Braves are 33-22 (.600) against the Mets here.
  • RH Allan Winans is set to make just the third start of his major league career but his second against New York, as the 6-foot-2, 165-pound righthander pitched 7.0 scoreless innings in Game 1 of a doubleheader with the Mets last weekend… He earned his first career win in the start…In two total turns with Atlanta this season, he has allowed just two earned runs in 11.1 innings.
  • LH David Peterson has made nine appearances and eight total starts in his career against Atlanta, going 3-4 with a 4.83 ERA (22 ER/41.0 IP)…In his only such start this season, April 28, he allowed five hits and four runs over 5.0 innings in a rain-shorted, complete-game loss…The 6-foot-6, 240- pound native of Denver, CO, is 3-7 with a 5.45 ERA (44 ER/72.2 IP) in 20 games for the Mets this season.

LOSS: The Braves fell to the Giants, 4-3, yesterday afternoon to snap Atlanta’s five-game winning streak… It was the Braves’ first loss at Truist Park this month.

  • Entering play, the Braves had won each of their first seven home games in the month of August, including the first five games of the current homestand…Despite the loss, Atlanta is 28-7 (.800) with a +109 run differential over its last 35 games at Truist Park, dating to May 28.
  • Austin Riley’s first-inning swipe of second base marked the 100th stolen base by Atlanta this season…It is the first time the club has recorded at least 100 stolen bases in a season since 2012 (101)… The only teams with active droughts of at least 10 seasons are San Francisco (2012), Minnesota (2012) and Baltimore (2007).
  • Kirby Yates allowed a run in the top of the ninth to take the loss, his first of the season…He entered play 7-0, the most wins without a loss in the National League.
  • Marcell Ozuna went 0-for-4 to snap his career high-tying 16-game hitting streak.

VERSUS LEFTIES: Atlanta is set to face two lefthanded starters this series, with David Peterson set to start tonight and José Quintana scheduled for Wednesday.

  • Atlanta is 15-7 (.682) against left-handed starters this season, the best such recod in the National League and behind just the Rays (16-7, .696) for best in
    baseball.
  • The Braves’ 22 starts against lefties are tied with the Yankees for the fewest in baseball.
  • Atlanta as a team is batting .293/.357/.534 with an .891 OPS against left-handers this season, all of which are best in baseball

Tonight’s Starting Pitcher – #72 Allan Winans
RHP • 6-2 • 165 • 27 yrs
2023 Record: 1-0, 1.59 ERA • 2023 MiLB Record: 7-3, 2.81 ERA
vs. RHB: .077 (1-for-13), 0 HR • vs. LHB: .286 (8-for-28), 0 HR
Home: 0-0, 0.00 ERA (0 ER/0.0) • Away: 1-0, 1.59 ERA (2/11.1)

Today’s Game

  • Set to make his third major league start and second against New York (NL).
  • Earned his first win in his last start, scattering four hits and fanning nine hitters over 7.0 scoreless innings against the Mets.
  • Winans became the first player in Braves franchise history (1901) to strikeout at least nine hitters without allowing a run over 7.0 innings pitched in one of his first two career appearances.
  • Winans is now the 25th player to do so in major league history (1901), the first since Sixto Sánchez on August 28, 2020 with Miami, and he is the third oldest rookie on the list to do so…Joined Atlanta teammate Collin McHugh as one of the 25 players in baseball history to do so.
  • He is one of nine pitchers in franchise history to toss at least 7.0 scoreless frames in one of his first two career outings and first since Larry McWilliams on July 17, 1978, which also happened in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Mets.
  • Made his debut on July 22 at Milwaukee.
  • Gave up two runs over 4.1 innings pitched with five strikeouts.
  • Was the fourth starter to make his debut with Atlanta this season.
  • Went 8-3 with a 2.79 ERA in 15 starts and five relief appearances with Triple-A Gwinnett this year.
  • Is 5-0 and pitching to a 2.35 ERA in eight starts and two relief appearances since the beginning of June.
  • Went 3-3 while sporting a 3.31 ERA in April and May.
  • Was named the International League Pitcher of the Week for July 3-9.
  • Went 1-0 while scattering two hits through a combined 11.0 innings pitched of one-run ball with 13 strikeouts between a start and a relief appearance.
  • Went 1-5 with a 3.08 ERA (22 ER in 64.1 IP), 1.18 WHIP, .239 BAA, and 9.09 SO/9.0 IP ratio across three levels in 2022.
  • His season was cut short due to a right flexor injury.
  • Is 8-8 with a 3.00 ERA in 30 appearances (24 starts) since join in the Braves’ organization
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