Sunday, June 19, 2016

Mets, Braves send aces to wrap up series at Citi

Sunday's series finale at Citi Field between the Mets and Braves could feature a pitching duel between two right-handed aces in Jacob deGrom and Julio Teheran.
deGrom has turned things around after a rough four-start stretch from May 5-21 in which he allowed 12 runs over 23 1/3 innings, raising his ERA from 1.02 to 3.07 in that span. He has delivered four consecutive quality starts since then and posted a 2.42 ERA despite an 0-2 record.
Teheran has been a consistent bright spot for an Atlanta team that sits at the cellar of the National League East, having not allowed more than three runs in a start since April 14. In 11 career appearances -- 10 starts -- against the Mets, he is 5-3 with a 3.06 ERA.
Three things to know about this game:
• First baseman Freddie Freeman has been on a tear at the plate for the Braves, but he's had his struggles against deGrom, with just two hits in 13 at-bats against him. One of those hits, though, is a solo home run.
• In six career starts against Atlanta, deGrom is 3-2 with a 1.89 ERA. On April 24 at Turner Field, he allowed just one run over 5 2/3 innings in a winning effort.
• Teheran has picked up both of his wins this season on the road, going 2-3 with a 2.55 ERA in six starts away from Atlanta.

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