A pair of rookie pitchers will attempt to get back on track when the Mets and Braves play the second game of a three-game series Friday at Citi Field.
Steven Matz (7-3, 2.71 ERA) will get the start for the Mets after surrendering five runs over six innings in his last start at Milwaukee on Sunday. The left-hander tallied seven straight winning starts from April 17 to May 25, posting a 1.13 ERA over that span, but over his last three starts he's gone 0-2 with a 3.78 ERA.
Aaron Blair (0-4, 7.59 ERA) is still searching for his first Major League win and the Braves own a 1-8 record in games he has started. In his three starts in June, the right-hander is 0-1 with a 9.45 ERA.
Three things to know about this game
• Freddie Freeman has hit Matz pretty well over the left-hander's young career. In seven at-bats against Matz, Freeman has recorded three hits, including a RBI double when the two faced each other on April 23 at Turner Field.
• When Blair faced New York on April 24, the active Mets players went 5-for-13 (.385) against him.
• In seven career starts at Citi Field, Matz is 5-1 with a 2.81 ERA.