National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, July 24th
(All times Eastern)
Atlanta Braves (56-44) at New York Mets (44-52), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Atlanta - Tim Hudson (7-7, 4.08)
New York - Jeremy Hefner (4-7, 3.93)
(Sports Network) - Tim Hudson tries to win his fourth consecutive start when
he leads the Atlanta Braves against the New York Mets Wednesday night in the
third portion of a four-game set at Citi Field.
Hudson, who is unbeaten in his last four appearances, gave up eight hits and
four runs over 7 1/3 innings in a road win versus the White Sox Friday. He's
just 3-7 in 11 road games this year to go with a 5.16 ERA.
Over his career, the right-hander is 16-10 with a 3.52 ERA in 29 games against
Jeremy Hefner will try to bounce back from one of the worst starts of his
career tonight for the Mets. The righty took a 13-8 loss against the Phillies
on Friday when he was shelled for 10 hits and eight runs in two-plus innings.
Hefner is 0-1 with a 5.84 ERA in three games (2 starts) versus Atlanta.
Carlos Torres pitched six strong innings and had an RBI single in New York's
4-1 win last night.
The Braves scored twice in the ninth inning for a 2-1 triumph Monday, but the
Mets used a three-run sixth to prevail in the second portion of this four-game
set. Ike Davis provided the go-ahead run with an RBI double. John Buck and
Juan Lagares also drove in runs during the frame to help the Mets to their
third victory in four games.
Torres (1-1), in just his second start of the year and eighth of his big
league career, scattered seven hits, including a homer to Andrelton Simmons on
the game's second pitch. Torres walked a pair of batters and had six
strikeouts while lowering his season ERA to 0.94.
"It's a big boost because obviously we lost Shaun Marcum and we needed
somebody to step up for us and he (Torres) stepped up," Mets manager Terry
Bobby Parnell retired the side in order in the ninth for his 19th save.
Kris Medlen (6-10) gave up seven hits and four runs over 5 1/3 innings to lose
his third consecutive start. The righty suffered his first career loss (4-1)
in 18 appearances (8 starts) against the Mets.
"I'm making adjustments," Medlen said. "I just have to zone in on that last
inning and prevent myself from doing what I've been doing all year and that's
pulling off and leaving the ball up in the zone. That's what happened in that
The NL East leaders lost for the third time in four tries.
The teams have split 12 meetings this season. The Braves have won nine of the
last 12 at Citi Field.
07/24 10:31:35 ET