Jun 20, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons (19) tags out New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) in the sixth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Braves @ Mets Preview

The Mets are coming off a series win to Philadelphia which I predicted on Thursday, Now, the Mets will welcome the first place Atlanta Braves to town.

July 22nd: Mets vs Braves (Gee vs Teheran) 7:10PM ET

Dillon Gee will be on the mound to start the series for the Mets and he has been pitching very well since the end of May. Teheran has pitched better than Gee and has been more consistent this year. Gee is 0-2 against Atlanta so far this year in two starts, but his last start was a tough luck loss as he took a complete game shut out in the 9th inning before giving up a 2 run homer to Freddie Freeman. Teheran pitched very well in his only start this year against the Mets and got the no decision by going: 6.2IP, 5H, and 1R. I think the Braves offense will get it going tonight, and the Braves will win 7-3 to take a 1-0 edge in the four game set.

July 23rd: (Torres vs Medlen) 7:10 PM ET

Carlos Torres has been a very big bright spot for the Mets give up just 2 earned runs this year in 22.2IP. Though he is not a young star like Harvey or Wheeler being 30 years old, Torres has shown great stuff this year. Tomorrow will be his 12th game and 2nd start of the year and I expect him to continue pitching well. Medlen is 1-0 in his two starts against the Mets this year with the Braves winning both games, but I expect the tables to turn tomorrow night with a 5-4 Mets win to level up the four game set.

July 24th: (Hefner vs Hudson) 7:10 PM ET

Hefner was terrible in his last start against Philadelphia, getting roughed up early by a lethal Phillies offense. Hudson has had an up and down year, but has done very well against the Mets going 1-0 in his two starts and throwing at least 7 innings in each start giving up 3 runs or less. While I expect Hefner to pitch better than he did Friday night in Philadelphia, I expect Hudson to get the best of him and the Braves will take this one 5-2 to get a leg up on the four game set with a chance to win the next afternoon.

July 25th: (Wheeler vs Maholm) 12:10 PM ET

Young Zack Wheeler will take the mound after a solid start versus Philadelphia as the Mets will aim for a series split. Wheeler has shown terrific stuff, much like Matt Harvey when he was first promoted, but his control has been off which has hurt him a bit so far but as he is young he has time to develop it. Maholm has had an up and down year, but pitched well in his only start against the Mets throwing 7 innings and giving up 2 runs while he earned the loss. I expect this one will be a pitching duel with the Mets splitting the series by winning 3-2 against the Braves.

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