Braves need to take at least 1 out of 3 this weekend before the All-Star break in order to hang onto first place in the NL East. With their poor performance on the road (taking 2 of 3 from the Phillies earlier in the week was an exception) I would be happen with anything other than a sweep at the hands of the Mets. If the Braves could somehow pull off 2 of 3, the Braves would look fantastic heading into the All-Star break.
ESPN has a nice preview of the upcoming series, complete with some interesting notes and tidbits of information. The pitching match-ups look outstanding!
METS (47-38, second place/NL East) vs. BRAVES (50-35, first place/NL East)
Friday: RHP R.A. Dickey (6-1, 2.62) vs. RHP Tommy Hanson (8-5, 4.19), 7:10 p.m. ET
Saturday: RHP Mike Pelfrey (10-3, 3.39) vs. RHP Tim Hudson (8-4, 2.44), 4:10 p.m. ET
Sunday: LHP Johan Santana (6-5, 3.15) vs. RHP Derek Lowe (9-7, 4.40), 1:10 p.m. ET (ESPN)
I am just keeping my fingers crossed that Jeff Francoeur does not “beat the crap” out of Atlanta.