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NY Mets0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 160
Atlanta2 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 x 790
  W: J. Tomlin (1-0)   L: M. Wacha (1-1)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, August 1, 2020
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Wacha, Mets hope to end skid vs. Braves

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New York Mets at Atlanta Braves

  1. The Braves won six of 10 home games against the Mets last year. The Braves hit 21 homers in those games, including six (with two each by Freddie Freeman and Josh Donaldson) in a 10--8 loss when these teams last met in Atlanta, last Aug. 15 (Pete Alonso and Amed Rosario each had five hits in that game).
  2. The Mets' starting staff looks different this year, with Zach Wheeler in Philadelphia and Marcus Stroman and Noah Syndergaard injured. This will likely be the Mets' first series of three or more games in the last three seasons in which neither Wheeler, Syndergaard nor Jacob deGrom (who pitched Wednesday) starts.
  3. Ronald Acuna is 4-for-28 with no RBIs and an MLB-high 14 strikeouts. Since MLB began to track RBIs 100 years ago, just 10 others—including two Hall of Famers—struck out at least 14 times with no RBIs in their first seven games of a season. Not surprisingly those HOF'ers were pitchers: Tom Seaver (1968) & Sandy Koufax (1962 and 1965); Koufax had an MLB-record total of 18 strikeouts in his first seven games in ‘62.
  4. Yoenis Cespedes celebrated the arrival of the universal DH by homering in the Mets' 1--0 season-opening win over Atlanta. Only two other DHs for NL teams homered in a 1--0 game: Matt Holliday for St. Louis against the Rays in 2014, and Sherman Obando for the Expos at Baltimore in 1997.
  5. Rick Porcello's greatest ability has been his availability. Porcello made 339 starts over his first 11 seasons in the majors (2009--19); that's 30.8 starts per season. Only five others averaged 30 starts over those 11 years: Justin Verlander, 32.4; Jon Lester, 32.0; Max Scherzer, 31.7; Zack Greinke, 31.3; Cole Hamels, 30.6.
  6. Sean Newcomb has pitched more innings against the Mets (44.1) than against any other MLB team. Over eight starts and six relief appearances against the Mets, Newcomb allowed only one home run in 161 opponents' at-bats -- Todd Frazier hit that one in New York on June 30 of last year.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/31/2020 thru 8/3/2020

Michael Wacha, signed by the New York Mets in the offseason to deepen their rotation, will be searching for his first career win against the Braves on Saturday when the National League East rivals resume their series in Atlanta.

Wacha will try to help the Mets stop a three-game losing streak. New York blew a six-run lead on Friday and lost 11-10 when the Braves scored five times in the eighth inning. Atlanta has won three straight and has beaten the Mets in three of four meetings.

Wacha (1-0, 1.80 ERA) will be opposed by Atlanta's Touki Toussaint (0-0, 20.25), who will make his first start of the season.

In six career appearances (four starts) against the Braves, Wacha is 0-3 with a 3.65 ERA. He hasn't pitched poorly, evidenced by his last start against Atlanta on May 15, 2019, when he gave up only two runs, one earned, in five innings and was saddled with the loss. Wacha is 0-1 with a 2.45 ERA against the Braves in two starts in Atlanta.

Wacha made his debut for the Mets at Fenway Park on Monday in a 7-4 win over the Boston Red Sox. Wacha threw five innings and allowed one run on five hits and one walk with four strikeouts.

"I feel like I had pretty good command of the fastball, cutter and changeup," Wacha said. "Me and (catcher Wilson Ramos) got in a nice little groove there. We were attacking the zone, making pitches."

The veteran appeared in 29 games and started 24 for St. Louis last season, finishing 6-7 with a 4.76 ERA. However, he posted a 2.89 ERA over his final nine starts and appears ready to build on that success.

Toussaint's opportunity to step into the Atlanta rotation was created by the poor performance of Mike Foltynewicz, who was designated for assignment after his first start and later re-signed and sent to the alternate camp. Foltynewicz, a right-hander who was an All-Star in 2018, was tasked with rebuilding his strength and rediscovering his fading velocity.

Toussaint has appeared in only one game this season and was roughed up for six runs in 2 2/3 innings in relief of Foltynewicz on Monday against Tampa Bay. The Braves hope to get 65-75 pitches from Toussaint, who arrived late to summer camp after testing positive for COVID-19.

"It depends on how he gets there," Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. "If they are stressful innings, that would shorten that. You take each inning individually. We feel good because got him around 60 last time, so 75 would be the next progression."

Toussaint split last season between Atlanta and Triple-A Gwinnett, going 4-0 with a 5.62 ERA in 24 games with the Braves. He had one start and allowed seven earned runs in 1 1/3 innings against the Cleveland Indians.

Toussaint has made four career appearances, one start, against the Mets. He produced a 1-0 record with a 3.68 ERA in 14 2/3 innings over those outings. He pitched five innings in a start against the Mets in 2018 and allowed two runs on three hits and five walks with six strikeouts.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 1, 2020

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