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The Braves and Mets will meet for the second-to-last series of the 2012 season this weekend at Turner Field. More importantly, it is Chipper Jones' final home stand at Turner Field.
We have finally arrived: Chipper Jones will play the final series of his career at Turner Field this weekend against the Mets. After 2,494 games of blood, sweat and tears from the future Hall of Famer, it'll be a bittersweet moment for the huge crowds expected Friday through Sunday.
Beginning at 7 p.m. ET Friday night, the Braves will begin Chipper's ceremony. The organization has kept things very quiet, although it appears the number '10' was being painted into the center field grass. Many former and current Braves greats are expected to be in attendance, including Bobby Cox, Greg Maddux, John Smoltz and Tom Glavine. Standing-room only tickets remain for the game and a very limited number of seats for Saturday and Sunday remain.
For those planning on attending any of these games, the team has recommended getting to the stadium much earlier than usual. Expect long lines, few parking spaces and a whole lot of Bravos fans to be out in full force.
As for the series itself, the Mets are struggling. The club has seldom won the past couple of weeks on nights other than when R.A. Dickey is on the mound, and he is not projected to start in Atlanta for any of the three games. David Wright and Ike Davis can be pests, but even they've cooled off considerably in the final month of the regular season.
The Braves enter the weekend four games back of the Washington Nationals in the NL East. The odds of Atlanta catching the Nats is slim-to-none with just six games left on the schedule, although it is still mathematically possible. Washington will face the Cardinals this weekend.
Pitching Probables & Start Times:
Saturday, 7:10 p.m. ET - Mike Minor vs. Chris Young
It should be a terrific weekend of baseball at Turner Field as we send off old No. 10 one final time.