Sunday, June 26, 2016

Colon looks to rebound from injury in finale vs. Braves

Bartolo Colon, coming off the shortest start of his 19-year career after being struck by a comebacker, will look to last longer when the Mets and Braves conclude a four-game series on Sunday at Turner Field.
Colon left Tuesday's start against the Royals after only one-third of an inning with a right thumb contusion. Entering that outing against Kansas City, the Mets' veteran right-hander had been on a roll, posting a 1.93 ERA in his past five starts. Much of his success during that span stemmed from keeping the ball in the zone, as he surrendered only four walks.
Colon has issued only 10 walks in 12 starts vs. the Braves, against whom he's 9-2 in his career.
Bud Norris will take the mound for Atlanta. He hasn't found the same sort of success as has Colon against his opponent, going 1-3 against New York during his career, but he has also excelled recently.
Since rejoining the Braves' rotation on June 4, Norris has posted a 2.82 ERA and held opposing hitters to a .210 batting average across four starts. The team has won three of those contests.
Things to know about this game
• Four different Braves have at least 24 career at-bats against Colon, and Freddie Freeman is the one who's found the most success vs. the right-hander, batting .417 (10-for-24) with four doubles.
• James Loney has been on a tear at the plate, and the Mets first baseman will look to continue his hot hitting against Norris, who he's batted .583 (14-for-24) against during his career.
• Colon's 2.44 ERA vs. Atlanta is his second-lowest against any team. He's thrived at Turner Field, where he's 5-0 with a 1.56 ERA in five starts.

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