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Sound Smart: Four things to know before tonight’s Mets-Braves game

1) The Mets have held a lead at some point in all six games this year… In all four of their losses they scored first.


2)  The Mets bullpen has a 6.75 ERA, which ranks 29th in baseball. However, after allowing 14 runs in the first four games of the season, the Mets bullpen has tossed 5.0 scoreless innings their last two outings.


3) Mets starting pitchers have a 3.82 ERA and have four quality starts in their first six games.


4) The last time Bartolo Colon beat the Braves was September 8, 2002 at Turner Field while pitching for the Montreal Expos.




19 comments
Shawn Mike Rolli
Shawn Mike Rolli

Mets sell team or just tell met fans you don't care that way met fans don't have to waste good money $$$

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

Wow, has anyone seen the numbers for some of these Mets hitters against Harang over the last five years (courtesy of MLB.com)? It's pretty ridiculous. 


Wright: 6-14 (.429) 

Murphy: 6-11 (.545) with a homer

Tejada: 6-11 (.545)

EY: 4-6 (.667) 

Duda: 2-9 (.222) with a homer


The only other current Mets batter to have faced Harang in the last 5 years is Ike, who is 0-4. But yeah, the five guys above will all be in there against a pitcher they've torn apart recently, and not to mention that Granderson and the red-hot Lagares will be in there as well.


On the other side, only B.J. Upton has faced Colon in the last 5 years for the Braves. He's fared very well, going 5-12 with a homer, but that was when Colon was with the Yankees in his first year back and Upton was with the Rays, when he was much better at the plate. I could see this game being a blowout in the Mets favor, mostly because of Harang and the depleted Atlanta pitching staff.

hashburry
hashburry

Mets have the lowest BA and OBP as a team in NL.  Conveniently missing.

nolrog
nolrog

When was the last time Colon faced the Braves?  Was it in that same game in 2002?  Very likely since he's been in the AL since then.

mets2014
mets2014

It's actually 5 quality starts...niese needed 1 more out to make it 6

eric88
eric88

if they lose and go to 2-5 they will Never see .500 again

Peter Loibl
Peter Loibl

Call it optimism, call it insanity ... but I foresee the Mets winning this series, despite their historical woes at Turner Field. No real statistical data to back this up, but I predict a big series from Granderson and finally something positive from d'Arnaud. We shall see ...

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

Also, against Ervin Santana tomorrow, it should be nice to have Granderson in there, who has owned Santana over the last five year: 7-20 with three homers. That should be a nice boost.

mets2014
mets2014

i was wrong it is 4 QS...i thought gee gave up 3 runs on opening day when in fact it was 4 runs

nwmets
nwmets

@eric88  If they win and go 3-4, they still may never see .500 again.


If the moon aligns with Saturn, they may never see the playoffs again.


If Ike Davis wore a bra, he'd be a girl.


What's your point?

chasesimms
chasesimms

@eric88  You're right.  THIS SINGLE GAME is going to make or break season.    

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@Peter Loibl Well....if you're looking for positives we have a huge starting pitcher advantage in Game 1 and 3 with Game 2 being about equal but who knows how Ervin Santana will be in his first start.

nolrog
nolrog

@mets2014 Well, IIRC, Gee himself gave up 3, but he was charged with 4 courtesy of the pen.

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

@mets2014  Yeah, although I think you could look at it as a QS anyway... He was left in too long and the bullpen let him down significantly with those back-to-back walks. Lost in translation is just how dominant he was against probably the best lineup in the league.