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NY Mets at Atlanta
When: 7:35 PM ET, Thursday, April 19, 2018
Where: SunTrust Park, Cumberland, Georgia

After following the best start in franchise history by dropping three of four games, the New York Mets recorded a much-needed comeback victory and hope to carry a surge of momentum into the opener of their four-game series against the host Atlanta Braves on Thursday. New York climbed back from a two-run, eighth-inning deficit on Wednesday against Washington behind two-run hits by Todd Frazier and Juan Lagares to post an 11-5 win and improve to 9-2 against National League East rivals.

One of the biggest reasons why the Mets are 13-4 is the play of Asdrubal Cabrera, who finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored on Wednesday to raise his average to .343 and give him hits in 13 of his 17 games this season. The Braves beat Philadelphia 7-3 on Wednesday, earning a series win for the fourth time in six attempts this year and winning their first three home sets since 2000. Ender Inciarte, who began the week with a .179 average, went 6-for-13 in the series to improve to .232 and robbed Philadelphia’s Scott Kingery of a home run with a brilliant leaping catch at the wall in center field. Atlanta received a big scare when Freddie Freeman – who missed 44 games last year after being hit by a pitch on his left wrist – was hit in the same spot in the eighth inning and immediately left the game.

TV: 7:35 p.m. ET, SNY (New York), FS Southeast (Atlanta)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Mets RH Matt Harvey (0-1, 4.80 ERA) vs. TBD

Harvey suffered his first defeat of the season on Saturday against Milwaukee but registered six strikeouts - his highest total in a start since May. Harvey also recorded his 600th career strikeout versus the Brewers while giving up four runs and eight hits in five innings. The 29-year-old, who was limited to 18 starts last season, is 3-6 with a 4.38 ERA in 11 career turns against the Braves.

Atlanta will need a change of plans as Anibal Sanchez, Thursday's originally scheduled starter, suffered a right hamstring strain while running in the outfield during batting practice on Wednesday. The Braves could turn to right-hander Lucas Sims (3-6, 5.62 ERA in 2017), who pitched four scoreless innings at Triple-A Gwinnett on April 9 and was promoted to the bullpen on Monday. Atlanta also could promote Matt Wisler (0-1, 8.35 in 2017), who is scheduled to start for Gwinnett on Friday and would be on regular rest if brought up.

WALK-OFFS

1. Atlanta signed veteran OF Jose Bautista to a minor-league contract on Wednesday and stated the former Toronto slugger will work at third base in his attempt to return to the majors.

2. New York LF Yoenis Cespedes snapped a 2-for-11 skid on Wednesday with a two-hit performance that included his sixth career grand slam.

3. The Braves placed RHP Jose Ramirez on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation and recalled LHP Jesse Biddle from Gwinnett.

PREDICTION: Mets 5, Braves 3
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
NY Mets 13-4 W1 7-4 6-0 9-2 4-2 0-0 0-0
Atlanta 10-7 W1 6-3 4-4 7-5 1-1 2-1 0-0
Last Meeting
NY Mets Atlanta
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
9/27/17 ATL 1 NYM 7 .219 1 .749 .235 0 .492
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
NY Mets N/A
Atlanta N/A
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
NY Mets G. Bautista 0 0 0
Atlanta L. Adams 0 0 0
Pitching ERA Avg K
NY Mets 0.00 .000 0
Atlanta 0.00 .000 0
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
NY Mets A. Cabrera .343 23 .996
Atlanta R. Flaherty .365 19 .950
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
NY Mets A. Cabrera 4 16 8
Atlanta O. Albies 5 16 11
Pitching ERA Avg K
NY Mets 3.17 .242 181
Atlanta 3.27 .265 169