9/11/15 Game Preview: Matz vs. Wisler

The Mets (79-61) take on the Atlanta Braves (56-85) at Turner Field in Atlanta, tonight at 7:35. Rookie Steven Matz (1.89 ERA, 4.35 FIP, 0.95 WHIP, 19 IP over 3 starts) takes on rookie Matt Wisler (5.81 ERA, 5.36 FIP, 1.61 WHIP in 74 1/3 IP over 14 starts and 1 relief appearance).

Lineups:

Mets:

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF (L)
  2. Yoenis Cespedes, CF (R)
  3. Daniel Murphy, 2B (L)
  4. David Wright, 3B (R)
  5. Lucas Duda, 1B (L)
  6. Travis d’Arnaud, C (R)
  7. Michael Conforto, LF (L)
  8. Ruben Tejada, SS (R)
  9. Steven Matz, P (R)

Braves:

  1. Nick Markakis, RF (L)
  2. Daniel Castro, 2B (R)
  3. Freddie Freeman, 1B (L)
  4. Adonis Garcia, 3B (R)
  5. Nick Swisher, LF (S)
  6. Andrelton Simmons, SS (R)
  7. Christian Bethancourt, C (R)
  8. Michael Bourn, CF (L)
  9. Matt Wisler, P (R)

According to Steve Gelbs, Dan Warthen is back with the team and in uniform. He is feeling great.

On the 14th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, the Mets and Braves will be wearing NY first responder caps up until the start of the game. MLB does not allow the caps to be worn during the game.

Steven Matz starts after leaving last week with a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand. Matz says the blister is not an issue. Matz has been very solid in his first three starts for the Mets, giving up only 4 runs over 19 IP with 11 hits, 7 walks and 20 strikeouts.

Matt Wisler faced the Mets in his first career start on June 19th, and shut them down over 8 innings. He allowed 6 hits, 1 run, and no walks with 2 strikeouts. That being said, the Mets lineup that day was as follows:¬†Granderson, Tejada, Duda, Cuddyer, Flores, Lagares, Herrera, Plawecki, deGrom. The Braves, on the other hand, had Kelly Johnson batting 3rd that day. Wisler’s major struggle this season has been against left handed batters. They are hitting a Bryce Harper-like .331/.436/.626 against him, good for a wOBA of .449. His walk rate against lefties is also at 13.6%, compared to 4.3% against righties. His strikeout rate also suffers against lefties – 9.1% compared to 19.6% against righties.

Look for Wisler’s struggles against lefties to come into play against Granderson, Duda, and Conforto, all left handed batters with power and a strong ability to draw walks.

As always, LET’S GO METS!

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