The New York Mets will begin a three game series against the Atlanta Braves on Friday night. The series will take place at Citi Field in Flushing, New York. The Mets are very much out of the division race and really not even in the wild card race. They are nine games out with 25 to go, so it would take a miracle for them to make the postseason.
The first game of the series will see Jon Niese start for the Mets against Atlanta’s Paul Maholm. Niese is 10-8 with a 3.55 ERA while Maholm is 11-9 with a 3.79 ERA. He has just a 2.77 ERA since the All Star Break. Niese has lost two straight starts but the most runs he allowed in August was four. He has a good 3.23 ERA in the second half of this season.
This will be Chipper Jones’ final visit to New York, as he is set to retire after the season. Jones has a .314 average and 49 home runs in his career against the Mets. He is batting just .207 against the Mets this season, however.
The Mets were actually 6-3 on their just completed nine game road trip. The Braves took three out of four in Colorado this past week. The Braves are playing a six game, two city road trip. The Mets have a six game homestand with the division leading Washington Nationals coming in next after the Braves.
The Mets have a 78-60 record and are in fourth place in the National League East. The Braves are 7 ½ games behind the Nationals for the division, but are leading the wild card chase.