New York Mets vs Atlanta Braves
Where: Truist Park
When: Monday, August 3, 2020, 7:10 pm ET
We have the National League East to consider for Monday evening when the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves meet for game four of their four-game scheduled series. This preview was written prior to the completion of game three of this series. All opinions and predictions are based on the completed play from Saturday MLB action.
Mets Pitching Staff Needs WorkThe Mets are off to a 3-6 start and in a season where every game matters, losing twice as many games as you win isn’t a good thing at all. New York has lost two, one-run ballgames and another extra-inning loss and the Mets need to find a way to win those games. Pitching has been problematic this season and New York is twenty-ninth in baseball with a 5.67 ERA and until this number goes down, the Mets will continue to lose baseball games.
deGrom (0-0, 1.60) has been his usual dynamite self, and his 0.50 WHIP and a dozen strikeouts over eleven innings pitched is outstanding. deGrom is coming off a six-inning outing against the Boston Red Sox where he struck out four while walking one and allowed two earned runs in a 6-5 loss to Boston. The perennial Cy Young candidate is up against a Braves offense with seven bombs, nineteen RBI, and 106 strikeouts over 310 career at-bats against deGrom.
Braves First in NL EastAtlanta is 6-3 overall and undefeated at home this season. That record is good for first place in the NL East and the Braves have deserved every good thing they’ve received. The Braves are currently riding a four-game winning streak and their 5.89 runs scored per game is second only to the Chicago Cubs. The pitching is sixteenth in baseball with a 4.20 ERA and if the pitching can catch up to the hitting, the Braves might be unstoppable this season.
Soroka (0-0, 1.59) is another in a long line of good young starting pitching. Soroka has made two starts this season and is coming off a 5.1 inning outing against the Tampa Bay Rays where the young righty scattered four hits with five strikeouts and two earned runs in a 7-4 victory over the Rays. This current collection of Mets hitters have four bombs with eight RBI along with eighteen strikeouts over 104 careers at-bats against Soroka.