New York Mets at Atlanta Braves 9/19/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 9/18/2014
Friday, September 19, 2014
Turner Field in Atlanta
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On Friday, Zack Wheeler (10-10) will look to quickly get over one of his worst outings of the year when he and the New York Mets face Julio Teheran (13-12) and the Atlanta Braves.
Right-hander Zack Wheeler lost his 10th game of the season last Saturday when he was beaten by the Washington Nationals at home. He gave up six runs in just four innings of work in that outing and walked two batters while striking out four. Wheeler has struck out 8.9 batters per nine innings this season and he now has a 3.61 ERA.
On player on the Braves who Wheeler does not like facing is first baseman Freddie Freeman, who has seven hits in 13 at-bats against him with two doubles, a home run and five RBI. Chris Johnson is just 2-for-17 against him with a walk and three strikeouts.
Julio Teheran lost his third start in a row last weekend when he was defeated by the Texas Rangers on the road. He pitched pretty well in that start, though, by giving up just three unearned runs in eight innings while striking out six Rangers and walking one. Teheran lowered his ERA to 2.89 in that game and he has only given up 175 hits in 109 innings this year.
Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is 4-for-14 against Teheran in his career with a double and a solo home run. Middle infielder Ruben Tejada is just 1-for-14 against him with no walks and three strikeouts.
Injuries to Watch
New York Mets
09/18/14 CF Juan Lagares Elbow is downgraded to out indefinitely
09/10/14 3B David Wright Shoulder out for season
08/28/14 P Victor Black Neck 15-day DL (8/24)
04/01/14 P Bobby Parnell Elbow 15-day DL (4/1), out for season
03/28/14 P Matt Harvey Elbow 60-day DL (3/30), out for season
09/18/14 RF Jason Heyward Thumb "?" Friday vs New York Mets
09/17/14 SS Andrelton Simmons Ankle injured last game, "?" Friday vs New York Mets
09/17/14 C Evan Gattis Intestinal out indefinitely
07/29/14 P Shae Simmons Shoulder 15-day DL (7/29)
06/20/14 P Gavin Floyd Elbow 60-day DL (6/20), out for season
06/20/14 P Pedro Beato Elbow 15-day DL (6/19)
03/29/14 P Brandon Beachy Elbow 60-day DL (3/21), out for season
03/29/14 P Cory Gearrin Elbow 60-day DL (3/26)
03/28/14 P Kris Medlen Elbow 60-day DL (3/21), out for season
03/28/14 P Jonny Venters Elbow 60-day DL (3/21); out for season
Tony's Pick: Take Atlanta
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