National League Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, August 10th
(All times eastern)
Atlanta Braves (64-47) at New York Mets (54-58), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Atlanta - Paul Maholm (9-7, 3.75)
New York - Matt Harvey (1-2, 3.86)
(Sports Network) - Rookie right-hander Matt Harvey will make his Citi Field
debut as the New York Mets open a three-game set with their National League
East rivals, the Atlanta Braves.
The Mets snapped an ugly nine-game skid on their home field Thursday behind
All-Star R.A. Dickey. The knuckleballer went the distance and Andres Torres
fell a single shy of the cycle as New York avoided a sweep with a 6-1 decision
over Miami in the finale of a three-game set.
Dickey (15-3) scattered five hits and one run, fanning 10 to record his fourth
complete game of the season.
Torres finished 3-for-3, drove in three and scored twice for the Mets, who
snapped the nine-game losing streak, which was the franchise's longest since
moving to Citi Field in 2009.
"That nine-game streak that was stopped today is more important than that 15th
win," Dickey said.
Atlanta comes in 4 1/2 games behind Washington for the NL East lead after
taking two of three in Philadelphia. Dan Uggla's three-run double in the
seventh inning helped the Braves take a 12-6 win in the rubber match of that
series on Wednesday.
Uggla went 3-for-4 with two runs scored while Michael Bourn was 3-for-5 with a
two-run home run, three RBI and two runs scored for the Braves, who took the
front and back end of the series.
"It's been a constant grind this season," said Uggla. "I've been lucky my
teammates have picked me up and tonight was my turn to pick them up. This is a
confidence booster and it will help me relax more."
Harvey will take the hill on Friday trying to halt the Mets' five-game hiccup
against Atlanta and is 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA in his first three major league
starts, all on the road. He set a Mets' record with 11 strikeouts during his
big league debut on July 26 against Arizona but has stumbled since and allowed
five runs on eight hits over five innings Sunday in a 7-3 loss at San Diego.
"He said the other day, the one thing he's been looking forward to is pitching
(at Citi Field)," Mets manager Terry Collins told the team's website. "He's
going to have 100 people here, it's going to be a very special night for him
to pitch his first game at home in front of his friends and family, and I'm
anxious to see it."
Opposing Harvey will be veteran Paul Maholm, who was acquired by the Braves
before the non-waiver trade deadline. The lefty pitched well in his Atlanta
debut on Saturday but came out on the wrong end of a 3-2 loss to Houston.
The Mets took their first four tests against the Braves this season before
losing the five straight in which the Braves have outscored New York by a
gaudy 44-22 margin.
08/10 10:39:39 ET
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