Alex Wood Gets To Prove He’s Ready For Rotation Against Mets
Today got a NL East battle when Alex Wood and the Atlanta Braves take on Zack Wheeler and the New York Mets. The Braves with the young Wood on the mound are slight favorites on the road against the Mets in this contest.
The Atlanta Braves are currently first in the NL East with a 57-44 record, and are currently 26-29 away from home. With starter Paul Maholm out the young pitcher Alex Wood will get a chance to prove he is ready for the rotation. Wood has been very promising over his 22 innings pitched thus far, giving up just 16 hits (no long balls) and a nice 2.45 ERA.
Post All-star break catcher Evan Gattis has been moving the bat great for the Braves hitting .375 with 9 hits in 24 at bats including 2 RBI’s. Shortstop Andrelton Simmons has been smashing the ball post break with 3 homers already in just 26 at bats helping him get 5 RBI’s in that length of time. Second baseman Dan Uggla has also been hammering the ball with 2 homeruns of his home since the break with 5 RBI’s.
The New York Mets have had a rough season in a very tough division. They are currently fourth in the NL East with a 44-53 record and haven’t looked any better of late splitting their last 10 games. Zack Wheeler is starting for the Mets tonight and he has pitched well in his 6 starts this year going 3-1 with a 3.58 ERA. Though he has had a knack for giving up the long ball at times as he has given up five jacks in just 32 innings.
Left Fielder Juan Lagares is seeing beach balls at the plate since the All-Star break getting 8 hits in 16 at bats knocking in 6 RBI’s. Second baseman David Murphy has knocked in 4 runs on 7 hits including two homers since the break. Marlon Byrd also has two home runs since the break and totaling 5 RBI’s.
The New York Mets have been hitting very well since the break and with Wood being a very young inexperienced pitcher this is a good game to take the dog. I like Wood and think he has a good career ahead of him , but with the bats moving and Wheeler a decent pitcher himself I am going with the Mets.
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