Braves Head To Citi Field For Three-Game Series With Mets

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 4: Paul Maholm #17 of the Atlanta Braves pitches against the Houston Astros at Turner Field on August 4, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Paul Maholm makes his second start with the Braves on Friday night.

The Atlanta Braves, winners of their last five series, will head to Citi Field to take on David Wright and the New York Mets. The Mets were one of the bigger surprises in the first half of the season, but the club has since fallen off and now features a record of 54-58, fifteen games back of first place.

Wright continues to be the lone star for New York, and he'd be in MVP talks if his team wasn't slumping. He is capable of carrying the lineup on any given night, batting to the tune of .325/.419/.537 and leading in RBIs, runs scored and stolen bases. Ike Davis is the second biggest threat, and he leads the club in homers with 20. Despite the recent power surge, Davis is still features a .212 average and .288 on-base percentage.

If you're looking for a player who doesn't always grab headlines, Scott Hairston is having a phenomenal year. He's hitting .265/.305/.518 with 14 homers and 44 RBI. That's a pretty great season for a guy projected to be a utility player.

As a team the Mets rank 6th in the NL in runs scored, 10th in home runs (96) and 15th in stolen bases (56).

Here are the projected pitching matchups for this weekend.

Friday, 7:10 p.m. EST - Paul Maholm (9-7, 3.75 ERA) vs. Matt Harvey (1-2, 3.86 ERA)

Saturday, 7:10 p.m. - Kris Medlen (2-1, 2.37 ERA) vs. Johan Santana (6-7, 3.98)

Sunday, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN) - Ben Sheets (4-1, 1.41 ERA) vs. Jon Niese (8-6, 3.82 ERA)

For more on the Braves, check out Talking Chop. Head to Amazin Avenue for Mets coverage.

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