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Something’s got to give in this matchup. The Mets don’t lose consecutive games very often (they’re 25-6 in their past 31 games after a loss) but the Braves are 5-0 the last five times they’ve faced a righty at home. Max Fried has been dialed in for Atlanta for months while Max Scherzer is working his way back for the Mets. Still, his competitive juices will be flowing and runs will be at a premium in this one.
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This might be the best matchup over this final stretch before the All-Star break. Scherzer, one of the best pitchers of the generation, is facing off against Max Fried who would be in the top five in Cy Young voting if the season ended today. Let’s start with a look at Fried and just how good he’s been this season. The southpaw has thrown a quality start in 13 of his past 15 outings this year and has given up just one run 13.2 innings through two starts in July, allowing just 10 hits and 1 walk with eight strikeouts.
On the year, the 28-year-old is 9-2 (T-5th) with a 2.52 ERA (10th), 1.02 WHIP (12th) and has 100 strikeouts across 107.1 innings. Fried has already faced the Mets once this season, picking up a win back on May 2 when he allowed just two runs in six innings. He’s allowed more than two runs just one time in his past nine starts.
Scherzer, meanwhile, is still working his way back from injury. The three-time Cy Young Award winner made his first start in nearly two months against the Reds last week and was essentially flawless, allowing no runs on just two hits with no walks and 11 strikeouts.
He’s made just nine starts this year, but has looked every bit the part of the usual All Star pitcher he is – going 5-1 with a 2.25 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and racking up 70 strikeouts with just 11 walks in 55.2 innings.
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If Sunday was any indication for the Mets, the answer might be no. New York faced the best pitcher in baseball so far this season, Sandy Alcantra, and got absolutely shut down. The Mets were shutout for 10 innings including seven by the Marlins ace.
Still, they obviously have a number of big bats who can do damage at anytime.
Starling Marte has dominated lefties this year with a .337/.384/.583 slash line while five other batters (Eduardo Escobar, Brandon Nimmo, Pete Alonso, Francisco Lindor and Jeff McNeil) have and OPS above .700 with at least 70 at bats.
The Braves are also red hot, sitting at 21 games above .500 over their past 51 contests and have gone 8-2 in their past 10.
Matt Olson had a solid series the first time these two met, while he went just 3-for-13 at the plate, each hit went for extra bases (two doubles and a home run) while putting out a 1.027 OPS and four RBIs. He has 34 extra-base hits against right-handed pitching this season and an .864 OPS.
For Atlanta, we’re going to watch Michael Harris II. Almost nobody has been hotter than the rookie since he’s been called up – who is just 21-years-old and is hitting .300 with seven home runs, 24 RBIs and an .851 OPS in 41 games. This might be his toughest test yet.
On the other side, Brandon Nimmo is coming off a tremendous week. The centerfielder hit three home runs and had eight RBIs in his past seven games, batting .276 with a team-best six runs scored.
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|New York Mets vs Atlanta Braves Information|
|Teams||New York Mets vs Atlanta Braves|
|Location||Truist Park, Atlanta, Georgia|
|Time||Monday, July 11, 7:10 p.m. EST|
|How to watch||Fox Sports 1, Bally Sports South, SportsNet New York|
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