Saturday’s pitching preview: Young vs. Minor

Chris Young (4-8, 4.21 ERA) will start for the Mets tonight.

Young is making his final start of the season tonight, and all things considered, he’s had a successful comeback from anterior capsule surgery in his right shoulder. Young has averaged a shade over 5 2/3 innings per start this season and has walked just 2.88 batters per nine innings. He went winless at Citi Field this season (and has been winless there in his Mets career) but is 4-4 with a 4.45 ERA in 11 road starts. Young has made two starts against the Braves this season, and he’s 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA in nine innings.

Mike Minor (10-10, 4.27 ERA) will start for the Braves tonight.

After struggling in the first half, Minor has rebounded to pitch to a 2.33 ERA in 13 second half starts. He has allowed 26 home runs this season although 19 of those came in the first half. He allowed two runs in six innings for his tenth win of the season in his last start against the Phillies. Earlier this year, the Mets roughed Minor up for six runs in five innings in his only start against the Mets this season.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Young has definitely had his ups and downs with the Mets this season, especially at home where he went winless and gave up some big home runs at inopportune times late in his outings. But he clearly built up stamina and agility as the season progressed, and so I wonder how he will fare next season, wherever he winds up.