New York Mets Series Preview vs. Atlanta Braves April 10th-12th

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New York Mets Series Preview: Mets Travel Down South To Take On Atlanta Braves

Sep 21, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets center fielder

Kirk Nieuwenhuis

(9) scores a run in front of Atlanta Braves catcher

Christian Bethancourt

(25) during the fourth inning at Turner Field. The Mets defeated the Braves 10-2. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

When the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves begin their series Friday night, it will be with better records than people would have imagined. No one could have thought that the Mets and Braves would be facing off with a combined record of 5-1, as the Mets opened their season against NL East favorites Washington Nationals, and the Braves announced their intentions to rebuild loud and clear by trading closer Craig Kimbrel on the eve of the season and was visiting the up-and-coming Miami Marlins.

Well, no one on the Mets and Braves seemed to care much about that, as they both handled their business in their season opening series, and will be facing off as the first and second place teams in the NL East. The season is only three games old, but the Mets and Braves have to feel good about themselves with how they performed that first week of the season.

This will be a new-look to the rivalry, as there are plenty of new faces abound for both teams. The Braves, for starters, look totally different. They have a totally new outfield, and have remade their starting rotation as well. They actually only have only six of the players from last season’s Opening Day roster. The Mets do not have that many new faces, but will have some players the Braves haven’t seen before, as a lot of players will be taking part in this rivalry for the first time.

It may not have the national reach of a rivalry like the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox have, but the Mets and Braves generally do not like each other, making for some entertaining games. Here are the probable starters for the weekend series between the Mets and Braves.

Friday, April 10th: Jon Niese (0-0, – ERA) vs. Eric Stults (0-0, – ERA)
Saturday, April 11th: Dillon Gee (0-0, – ERA) vs. Julio Teheran (1-0, 1.50 ERA)
Sunday, April 12th: Bartolo Colon (1-0, 1.50 ERA) vs. Alex Wood (1-0, 3.60 ERA)

Here are some things to look for an keep an eye on when the Mets and Braves face off this weekend in Atlanta.

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