HOUSTON - APRIL 10: Pitcher Tommy Hanson #48 of the Atlanta Braves throws against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 10, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
The Braves will send Tommy Hanson to the mound on Monday evening.
The Atlanta Braves were swept by the Mets during their first series of the year, a series that saw some poor defense and a meager showing at the plate. Since the sweep in New York, the Braves have won five of their last six games, including a sweep over the Brewers this past weekend. Now the Mets will head south to Turner Field to take on Atlanta for three games.
Not a whole lot has changed with the club since we last saw them a week ago. The Mets enter Monday with a record of 6-3, putting them in second place in the NL East. Despite suffering a broken pinky, David Wright has crushed nearly everything he's seen thus far, posting an OPS of 1.473. Young catcher Josh Thole is batting .350 with an OPS of .950 through the first week of the season, while second baseman Daniel Murphy (.810 OPS) and shortstop Ruben Tejada (.810) have been nearly as impressive.
Lucas Duda pounded the Braves in New York, although he has cooled off considerably in the last few days. Jason Bay continues to struggle at the plate (.185/.258/.333) and in the field, as has first baseman Ike Davis, who has an OPS of .419.
The Mets will send Dillon Gee to the mound on Monday night. The young righty gave Atlanta fits last season, but he was roughed up pretty badly in his first start of the season last week. Johan Santana, who shut the Braves out on Opening Day, will go on Tuesday evening, and knuckleballer R.A. Dickey will make the Wednesday matinée start.
Monday and Tuesday are scheduled for 7:10 starts, with Wednesday coming at 12:10.