National League Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, July 25th
(All times Eastern)
Atlanta Braves (57-44) at New York Mets (44-53), 12:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Atlanta - Alex Wood (0-2, 2.45)
New York - Zack Wheeler (3-1, 3.58)
(Sports Network) - Alex Wood gets a chance to show he can be a part of
Atlanta's rotation, which took a big hit on Wednesday night.
Wood, a rookie left-hander, steps in for the injured Paul Maholm to lead the
Braves against the New York Mets in the finale of a four-game set at Citi
Tim Hudson broke his right ankle in the eighth inning of Atlanta's 8-2 win
last night. He'll undergo surgery once the swelling subsides, but it's
expected he'll be out the remainder of the season.
That puts a burden on what will now be a much younger rotation for the NL East
leaders. The 22-year-old Wood makes only his second big league start in his
17th appearance. That start came June 18 against the Mets when he allowed two
hits and a run in three innings of the opener of a twin bill.
Zack Wheeler counters for the Mets. The right-hander is 2-0 over his last
three appearances. Wheeler is coming off a no-decision against the Phillies on
Saturday when he allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings. Wheeler got the win
against the Braves on June 18 in the second contest of a doubleheader.
Wheeler is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in two career starts at Citi Field.
The Braves got homers from Dan Uggla, Andrelton Simmons and Evan Gattis last
night, but the focus was on the gruesome injury to Hudson.
He was carted off the field after being injured when Eric Young's spike hit
flush on Hudson's right ankle at first base. Young hit a sharp grounder that
went off the chest of first baseman Freddie Freeman. Hudson raced to the bag
to accept the throw, and with his foot on the base, Young stepped on Hudson's
ankle, and the foot twisted awkwardly.
"It's a freak play. Two guys going for the bag and (Young) just stepped on
him. By the reaction of the crowd it wasn't good," Braves manager Fredi
The veteran pitcher tumbled to the ground in pain and medical personnel were
careful not to move his legs, which were bounded together. Hudson was then put
on a stretcher and lifted onto a cart.
Before he was wheeled off the field, Young came over and spoke to Hudson.
"I apologized to him and told him it was an accident. I obviously wasn't
trying to hurt him on the play," Young said. "He just told me to keep my head
up and keep playing the game the complete, hard way, the right way. He said
there was nothing I could do about it. That made me feel somewhat better, but
bummed that he's going to be out a little while."
The Braves lead the season series, 7-6, and have won 10 of the last 13 at Citi
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