Major League Baseball
Preview
Atlanta at NY Mets
When: 7:10 PM ET, Monday, May 2, 2016
Where: Citi Field, New York City, New York

The New York Mets had an eight-game winning streak come to an end on Sunday but are in a strong position to start another with the major league-worst Atlanta Braves coming to town for the start of a three-game series on Monday. The Braves are on what constitutes as a hot streak for the team right now with wins in two of the last three games.

Atlanta snapped an eight-game slide that included three home losses to the Mets with a 5-3 win at Boston on Thursday and managed a 4-3 victory in 10 innings at Chicago on Sunday in the rain-shortened series. The punchless Braves have hit a league-low five home runs – six fewer than Colorado Rockies slugger Nolan Arenado has hit by himself – and are last in the National League in runs scored. The Mets pounded out 19 runs in taking the first two of a series from the San Francisco Giants over the weekend but could not offer the same support to Noah Syndergaard in Sunday’s 6-1 setback. New York is trying to keep pace with the Washington Nationals in the NL East and is trying to finish up its nine-game homestand strong before hitting the road for 11 straight beginning on Thursday.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, FSN Southeast (Atlanta), SNY (New York)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Braves RH Mike Foltynewicz (2015: 4-6, 5.71 ERA) vs. Mets RH Bartolo Colon (1-1, 3.42)

Foltynewicz is being recalled to take over a rotation spot from Bud Norris, who posted an 8.74 ERA in May. Foltynewicz failed to earn a rotation spot in spring training but posted at 2.05 ERA in four starts for Triple-A Gwinnett despite issuing 14 walks in 22 total innings. The 24-year-old has made two career appearances – one start – against the Mets and allowed a total of nine runs – eight earned – and 12 hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Colon is trying to earn his 220th career win to move past Pedro Martinez and into second place among Dominican-born pitchers. The hefty veteran did not earn a decision in either of his last two outings while yielding a combined six earned runs in 11 innings against the Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds. Colon is 8-2 with a 2.69 ERA in 11 career starts against Atlanta.

WALK-OFFS

1. Atlanta is expected to add a player on Monday after playing with a 24-man roster Sunday due to a procedural error.

2. Mets LF Michael Conforto went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts on Sunday, ending a streak of six straight games with at least one extra-base hit.

3. New York has taken eight of the last 10 in the series.

PREDICTION: Mets 7, Braves 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Atlanta 6-18 W1 1-12 5-6 3-9 1-4 1-2 1-3
NY Mets 15-8 L1 7-5 8-3 7-5 3-0 2-1 3-2
Last Meeting
Atlanta NY Mets
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
4/24/16 NYM 3 ATL 2 .324 0 .649 .250 0 .609
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Atlanta D. Castro .462 6 .962
NY Mets C. Granderson .462 6 1.533
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Atlanta N. Markakis 0 1 2
NY Mets C. Granderson 2 6 5
Pitching ERA Avg K
Atlanta 5.00 .291 22
NY Mets 2.33 .305 27
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Atlanta N. Markakis .295 26 .826
NY Mets M. Conforto .342 27 1.050
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Atlanta F. Freeman 3 10 7
NY Mets N. Walker 9 13 19
Pitching ERA Avg K
Atlanta 4.90 .226 192
NY Mets 2.92 .256 216