Sunday Night Baseball: Braves at Mets
The Mets and Braves take over Sunday Night Baseball in New York where the home team hopes to make one last push for the playoffs.
SHEETS OF SUCCESS
Ben Sheets has been incredible this season after having not started since July of 2010. The righty is 4-1 with a 1.41 ERA in five starts for Atlanta. It came at a great time as Jair Jurrjens was ineffective and Brandon Beachy was ruled out for the rest of the season. Sheets made his debut this season against the Mets; he allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out five in six innings. The one weak link in Sheets this season has been his inability to go longer than six innings. Sheets’ worst start of the season came at home against Miami back on August 1st when he allowed 4 runs and 11 hits.
A NIESE MIXED BAG
Jon Niese is a “go-figure” kind of pitcher. He's 8-6 with a 3.82 ERA in 22 starts for the Mets. He has allowed 13 runs and 20 hits in his last three starts taking two losses in those games. Between June 22nd and July 17th, the southpaw made five starts for New York allowing 2 earned runs or more just twice. He has been able to keep his walk totals down allowing only four runners on base via free pass over his last six starts. Niese last faced the Braves on April 8th at home; he gave up two hits and 4 runs in six innings. He has allowed 4 runs or more in four of his last six starts against Atlanta overall.
The Braves may be winning, but they have done so with a ton of injuries. Brian McCann and Chipper Jones are dealing with ailments that kept them out for Friday night's win. The rotation is succeeding despite the fact that Brandon Beachy, Jair Jurrjens, and Tommy Hanson are all on the DL. The Mets injury list got smaller with Johan Santana's return on Saturday. New York is surviving without Mike Pelfrey, Tim Byrdak, Dillon Gee, and Frankie Francisco although the former closer is expected to be activated for Monday's game against the Giants.
-Braves are 4-1 in Sheets' last 5 starts vs. the N.L. East
-Under is 7-3 in Braves last 10 during Game 3 of a series
-Mets are 3-8 in Niese's last 11 starts vs. a team with a winning record
-The Over is 22-9-1 in Niese's last 32 starts vs. a team with a winning record
HITTERS TO WATCH
-Jason Bay is 12-for-30 vs. Sheets
-David Wright is 4-for-11 vs. Sheets
-Martin Prado is 5-for-21 vs. Niese
-Dan Uggla is 7-for-23 vs. Niese