The New York Mets look to follow up their season-opening sweep of the Atlanta Braves with similar success when the division rivals open a three-game series on Monday night at Turner Field. After those first three games, the Braves fell to the Houston Astros for a fourth straight loss before finding their stride.
The Braves have now won five in a row, including a sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers over the weekend. The Atlanta offense that scored just seven runs against the Mets over three games beat the Brewers 7-4 on Sunday and racked up 19 in the series.
New York stumbled a bit after their four-game winning streak to open the year with two losses to the Washington Nationals. However, they seemed to get back on track by taking two of three from the Philadelphia Phillies.
Manager Terry Collins will hand the ball to Dillon Gee, who lost to the Nationals in his last start. The right departed that game down just 2-0 before Bobby Parnell allowed two runs to score, helped by a Daniel Murphy error at second base.
Atlanta will open up with young Tommy Hanson, already making his third start of the season after he split his first two. He allowed just one run to the Mets in the season-opener and is 3-4 in his career against New York.
Both teams will continue to lean on players that have lost time to injuries. David Wright (pinkie) continued to swing the bat well when he got back into the lineup against the Phillies and Chipper Jones (knee) hit a three-run homer in his return.
You can watch all the action locally on SNY or listen to the game on WFAN 660.
New York Mets
@ Atlanta Braves
Monday, Apr 16, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT
Dillon Gee vs Tommy Hanson
Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to center field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.
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