NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 07: Mike Minor #36 of the Atlanta Braves pitches against the New York Mets at Citi Field on August 7, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Braves Vs. Mets: Mike Minor Struggles, Atlanta Falls 7-5

With a 7-5 loss on Sunday the Atlanta Braves were swept in their season opening series with the New York Mets.

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Atlanta Braves Swept By Mets, Offense Still Nowhere To Be Found

The Braves were swept on opening weekend for the first time since 2003, a season they won 103 games and claimed a National League East championship. No one is suggesting the club will find equal success this time around, but to already have serious doubts about the team at this point is pretty silly.

For the cliff jumpers out there, keep in mind that the Yankees, Red Sox and Giants are all winless. The Orioles started off 2011 with a record of 4-0. Where did that get them?

Now if the Braves are winless once the time the upcoming series with the Astros wraps up, then it can be time to consider drastic change. But panicking after three games, all of which were decided by two runs or fewer? Come on.

After 27 innings of play, Atlanta has scored a total of seven runs. The club was held scoreless for the first 13 innings of the season, so perhaps the seven runs in the last 14 innings can be an encouraging note. Jason Heyward stood out the most to me in New York; he recorded a double and triple in spacious Citi Field, stole a base, drove in two runs and also drew two walks. Most importantly, he looked to have his timing down.

Tommy Hanson pitched very well on Thursday. He had full command of his curveball and used it effectively against a decent Mets lineup. His fastball also rested in the low-to-mid 90s, a very encouraging sign coming off shoulder issues last summer. Jair Jurrjens was equally unimpressive, needing upwards of 100 pitches to record just 13 outs.

The Braves will face the Astros for a three-game series in Houston starting Monday evening.

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Braves Vs. Mets Final Score: Atlanta Drops Third Straight 7-5

The Atlanta Braves are still searching for that first win of the season after suffering a 7-5 loss to the New York Mets on Sunday. New York sweeps the series and the Braves move on to Houston searching for answers.

New York didn't waste any time getting to Braves starter Mike Minor. David Wright's sacrifice fly in the first scored Ruben Tejada and put the Mets up 1-0. The Mets added another run in the fourth, two more in the fifth and three in the sixth to take a 7-0 lead over the Braves.

Atlanta finally broke through with a four run seventh that was set up by a Lucas Duda error in right field. Jason Heyward had the big hit in the seventh with a double that scored both Freddie Freeman and Matt Diaz. Heyward later scored on a Jack Wilson sacrifice fly and the Braves trailed 7-4. Brian McCann added his first home run of the season in the eighth but Atlanta went in order in the ninth against Mets closer Frank Francisco.

Minor was tagged for six runs in five innings of work. He allowed six hits and walked four while throwing 104 pitches. Jonathon Niese worked six innings allowing four runs (two earned) to earn the win.

For more on this game Braves fans should check out Talking Chop and Mets fans should visit Amazin' Avenue. For more MLB news and notes head over to Baseball Nation.

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Braves Vs. Mets Game 3 Starting Lineups

The Atlanta Braves will try to avoid an opening weekend sweep at the hands of the New York Mets. Atlanta's lineup is the same through the first five spots in the order with Matt Diaz moving into the sixth spot as part of the left field platoon against the Mets' left-hander Jonathon Niese. Shortstop Jack Wilson will make his first start of the season for rookie Tyler Pastornicky and will bat eighth.

Here is a look at both the Braves and the Mets full lineups for Sunday:

Atlanta:

1. Michael Bourn CF
2. Martin Prado 3B
3. Brian McCann C
4. Dan Uggla 2B
5. Freddie Freeman 1B
6. Matt Diaz LF
7. Jason Heyward RF
8. Jack Wilson SS
9. Mike Minor P

New York:

1. Ruben Tejada SS
2. Daniel Murphy 2B
3. David Wright 3B
4. Ike Davis 1B
5. Jason Bay LF
6. Lucas Duda RF
7. Scott Hairston CF
8. Mike Nickeas C
9. Jon Niese P

For more on this game Braves fans should check out Talking Chop and Mets fans should visit Amazin' Avenue. For more MLB news and notes head over to Baseball Nation.

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Braves Vs. Mets Game 3 Time, TV, Radio Info And More

The Atlanta Braves will try to snap a seven-game losing streak dating back to last season on Sunday when they close out their opening series with the New York Mets. Atlanta dropped the series opener 1-0 on Thursday and the second game 4-2 on Saturday. Now they will turn to Mike Minor as they try to salvage one game on Sunday.

It might not matter how good Minor is if Atlanta can't get its offense jump started. The Braves are a combined 0-10 with runners in scoring position this season and have been unable to string together any key hits. They will face another challenge on Sunday in the form of New York Mets lefty Jonathon Niese.

The first pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. ET and you can catch all of the action on SportSouth.

Game Date/Time: Sunday, April 8, 1:10 p.m. ET

Location: Citi Field, New York, New York

Pitching Matchup: Mike Minor (0-0) vs. Jonathon Niese (0-0)

TV: SportSouth

Radio: 680 The Fan

Streaming: MLB.tv

For more on this game Braves fans should check out Talking Chop and Mets fans should visit Amazin' Avenue. For more MLB news and notes head over to Baseball Nation.

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Atlanta Braves Lose 4-2 To Mets, Now On Seven-Game Losing Streak

The Atlanta Braves continued to struggle offensively on Saturday afternoon against R.A. Dickey and the Mets, falling by a score of 4-2. The club is now 0-2 to start the 2012 season and has lost seven-straight games dating back to last September. They are 5-15 in their last 20.

Think it's time to consider getting rid of Fredi Gonzalez?

Jair Jurrjens made the start for Atlanta and was not sharp, allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks in just 4.1 innings. He needed 102 pitches to record the 13 outs. David Wright hit a solo home run off Jurrjens in the first inning to give the Mets an early lead, and Lucas Duda hit a bomb of his own in the fourth.

Martin Prado tied the game at 2-2 with a two-run homer in the fifth. Those two runs are the only two runs the Braves have scored in 18 innings thus far. Jason Heyward had a good day with two walks and a triple, as did Michael Bourn with a single, double and walk.

With the Mets leading 3-2 in the seventh, Fredi Gonzalez brought in his worst reliever. Chad Durbin struck out his first batter, and then promptly surrendered a home run to Duda. Gonzalez had no issue bringing in Cristhian Martinez in the eighth inning -- you know, a reliever who is actually worth a damn on the mound -- but insisted on bringing in the home-run-prone Durbin to handle the seventh with the club trailing by just one run.

I'm as lost as you are, folks.

The Braves will wrap up their series with the Mets on Sunday afternoon. Mike Minor will take on Jon Niese.

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Braves Vs. Mets Score Update: Martin Prado Ties Game With Homer, Jair Jurrjens Struggles

The Atlanta Braves were held scoreless on opening day against the Mets. It took five more innings on Saturday afternoon for the club to score their first runs of the season, but they did so on a two-run homer from Martin Prado. After two quick outs were made by Tyler Pastornicky and Jair Jurrjens, Michael Bourn drew a walk and Prado belted a 2-1 fastball down the left field line.

David Wright hit a monster solo home run in the first inning to give New York an early 1-0 lead. Lucas Duda also hit a deep solo-shot in the fourth.

Midway through the fifth inning, it's now 2-2 with the Mets threatening.

Jurrjens was not sharp for most of the afternoon and his fastball continually sat in the high 80s. He allowed seven hits and three walks in just 4.1 innings, and is on the hook for two more in the fifth. He was pulled for Livan Hernandez after allowing a walk and single.

For more on the Braves, check out Talking Chop. Mets fans should visit Amazin Avenue for their coverage.

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Chipper Jones Injury Update: Braves 3B Could Be Ready By Friday

When news dropped that Chipper Jones was injured once again, it was disheartening for a team who looks to the veteran leader for his impact both on and off the field. The team has already announced that the popular third baseman would retire after this season, and fans want to see as much of the icon as they can before he hangs it up.

There is good news ahead, however, as it appears his knee is “physically ready” and he could be back by the end of this next week. Mark Bowman writes:

Jones said he felt “real good” as he took swings against live pitching for the first time since undergoing surgery on March 26 to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. The veteran third baseman, who will turn 40 on April 24, remains confident he will be activated from the disabled list before the April 13 home opener against the Brewers.

Chipper played in only 126 games last season and has struggled consistently with injuries of one sort or another since 2004. Last year, Chipper hit .275 with 18 home runs and 75 RBI.

For more on this game Braves fans should check out Talking Chop and Mets fans should visit Amazin' Avenue. For more MLB news and notes head over to Baseball Nation.

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Braves Vs. Mets Game 2: Atlanta, New York Lineups Released

The Atlanta Braves take on the New York Mets on the road on Saturday afternoon to play the second game of a three-game series. They dropped the first game of the season against the Mets by a score of 1-0 and are looking to even things up to head to the rubber game on Sunday.

The lineups have been released, and according to BaseballPress.com, they are:

Atlanta:

1. Michael Bourn (L) CF
2. Martin Prado (R) LF
3. Brian McCann (L) C
4. Dan Uggla (R) 2B
5. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
6. Jason Heyward (L) RF
7. Juan Francisco (L) 3B
8. Tyler Pastornicky (R) SS
9. Jair Jurrjens (R) P

New York:

1. Ruben Tejada (R) SS
2. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
3. David Wright (R) 3B
4. Ike Davis (L) 1B
5. Jason Bay (R) LF
6. Lucas Duda (L) RF
7. Josh Thole (L) C
8. Kirk Nieuwenhuis (L) CF
9. R.A. Dickey (R) P

For more on this game Braves fans should check out Talking Chop and Mets fans should visit Amazin' Avenue. For more MLB news and notes head over to Baseball Nation.

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Braves Vs. Mets Game 2 Time, TV, Radio Info And More

The Atlanta Braves will try to get their offense on track Saturday when they take on the New York Mets in Game 2 of their opening series. Atlanta lost the season opener 1-0 despite a strong opening start from Tommy Hanson.

The Braves mustered just four hits on opening day and will look to get their offense jump started against Mets starter R.A. Dickey. In 10 career appearances against the Braves, Dickey is 1-4 with a 4.01 ERA in 49 innings. Atlanta will counter with Jair Jurrjens who has a career 8-4 record against New York in 13 career starts.

The first pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. ET and you can catch all of the action on SportSouth.

Game Date/Time: Saturday, April 7, 1:10 p.m. ET

Location: Citi Field, New York, New York

Pitching Matchup: Jair Jurrjens (0-0) vs. R.A. Dickey (0-0)

TV: SportSouth

Radio: 680 The Fan

Streaming: MLB.tv

For more on this game Braves fans should check out Talking Chop and Mets fans should visit Amazin' Avenue. For more MLB news and notes head over to Baseball Nation.

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Braves Get Strong Effort From Tommy Hanson, Bats Go Silent In 1-0 Loss To Mets

Today is April 5th, although after watching the Atlanta Braves fail to cash in on numerous scoring opportunities, you would have thought it was still September for the club. Despite a very strong pitching performance from Tommy Hanson and the bullpen, the Braves were held without a run on Thursday afternoon against Johan Santana and the Mets.

They fell by a score of 1-0 in front of a crowd of 42,080, the largest in Citi Field history.

Atlanta had three prime scoring opportunities this afternoon. The first came in the fifth inning. With Santana on the ropes and the bases loaded, Michael Bourn came up with two outs. Despite getting out to an early 3-1 count, Bourn fouled off a ball before eventually swinging at ball four, tapping it weakly back to the mound.

In the sixth, Brian McCann drew a walk and Dan Uggla followed with a single up the middle. Freddie Freeman just missed a home run -- moving both runners up to second and third -- but a weak groundout from Matt Diaz ended the threat.

The final legitimate scoring opportunity came in the seventh. Tyler Pastornicky recorded his first career hit with a triple with one out. Jose Constanza came to the plate and struck out on a pitch about two feet off the plate, and Bourn followed with a strikeout as well.

Kris Medlen worked two very strong innings of relief, throwing 20 of his 21 pitches for strikes. Jonny Venters loaded the bases in the eighth, but got out of the jam with a three-pitch strikeout of Lucas Duda.

Frank Francisco made quick work of the Braves in the ninth, striking out Jason Heyward to end the game.

The two clubs will meet up once again on Saturday afternoon at 1:10 ET. It'll be Jair Jurrjens on the mound against R.A. Dickey.

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Braves Vs. Mets Score Update: Tommy Hanson, Johan Santana Dealing Early In New York

Most figured a game featured Tommy Hanson and Johan Santana on the mound would be low scoring. After five innings of play, that has held true, with the Braves and Mets currently tied 0-0.

Hanson has dominated to this point and struck out four in five innings. He allowed just two hits -- with one coming via a double from Daniel Murphy in the first inning -- and two walks. Santana has been very strong a well, working five innings and allowing just two hits and two walks. His afternoon is now done after being pulled for a pinch-hitter.

Neither team has had many scoring chances, although a double from Matt Diaz and back-to-back walks to Tyler Pastornicky and Hanson loaded the bases for Michael Bourn in the fifth. The speedy outfielder worked the count in his favor early in the at-bat, but eventually swung at ball four, tapping it back to Santana on the mound for the final out.

Martin Prado had the first hit of the season for the Braves, a single back up the middle in the first inning.

For more on the Braves, head on over to Talking Chop.

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Braves Vs. Mets Series Preview: Opening Day Arrives As Atlanta Faces NL East Rivals

A look at the Mets, the projected pitching matchups and much more inside.

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