Friday, June 24, 2016

Blair seeks 1st MLB win facing Matz, Mets

For just the second time in his young career, Aaron Blair helped pitch the Braves to a win, allowing three runs in a 4-3 victory over the Mets on Saturday at Citi Field.
Once again, however, the right-hander fell short of securing his first Major League victory. On Friday night in a rematch with New York and Steven Matz, Blair will make his 11th attempt at accomplishing the feat at 7:35 p.m. ET at Turner Field.
Despite surrendering a pair of home runs to Yoenis Cespedes and Wilmer Flores, Blair's outing on Saturday was his best in June. The right-hander issued only one walk after registering three or more in each of his past three starts.
Matz also found some success Saturday night, allowing four hits and two runs while striking out seven batters. The 25-year-old earned a no-decision, though, while dealing with elbow tightness during the game.
Friday marks Matz's first outing since then, and he'll face an Atlanta team he's posted a 3-0 record and a 1.80 ERA against in four career starts.
Things to know about this game
• Freddie Freeman is 3-for-10 with a double and an RBI in his career against Matz, who held the hot-hitting first baseman hitless in their most recent matchup.
• Matz has thrived in his seven career starts against the National League East. The left-hander has recorded a 4-1 record and a 3.15 ERA (14 earned runs/40 innings) while posting a 39:9 strikeout-to-walk-ratio. His three career wins against the Braves are his most against any opponent.
• James Loney went 2-for-2 with a double, a triple and a run scored against Blair on Saturday, marking the first time this year the first baseman recorded more than one extra-base hit in a game.

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