Bobby Cox and the Atlanta Braves look to bounce back at home against the Mets. Photo Courtesy of Tim Evearitt.

Game Preview: New York Mets vs. Atlanta Braves (Game 1)

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Monday Aug 2 – 7:10 SportSouth/ESPN

New York Mets (53-52) vs. Atlanta Braves (59-45)

Johan Santana

Year Tm W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO
2010 NYM 8 5 3.11 22 22 1 1 147.2 137 52 51 9 44 2 94
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Generated 8/2/2010.

VS.

Tim Hudson

Year Tm W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO
2010 ATL 11 5 2.40 21 21 1 0 142.2 111 39 38 10 49 4 74
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Generated 8/2/2010.

Braves vs Johan Santana:

AB H 2B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Troy Glaus 29 9 3 2 6 5 11 .310 .400 .621 1.021
Omar Infante 32 5 0 0 3 1 8 .156 .200 .156 .356
Brian McCann 27 7 1 2 2 1 6 .259 .286 .519 .804
Matt Diaz 26 14 1 1 3 1 1 .538 .556 .692 1.248
Chipper Jones 23 6 0 0 1 2 3 .261 .320 .261 .581
Martin Prado 18 3 1 0 0 0 2 .167 .167 .222 .389
Melky Cabrera 15 3 2 0 0 2 1 .200 .294 .333 .627
Alex Gonzalez 6 2 0 0 0 0 3 .333 .333 .333 .667
Rick Ankiel 6 2 1 0 1 0 1 .333 .333 .500 .833
Jason Heyward 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667
Total 230 58 11 6 18 18 53 .252 .307 .387 .694
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Generated 8/2/2010.

Mets vs Tim Hudson:

AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Carlos Beltran 62 23 2 0 4 14 7 8 .371 .435 .597 1.032
Jose Reyes 54 14 2 0 1 3 2 5 .259 .286 .352 .638
David Wright 46 10 0 0 1 4 5 3 .217 .308 .283 .590
Luis Castillo 30 7 0 0 0 3 1 2 .233 .258 .233 .491
Alex Cora 13 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 .231 .333 .462 .795
Angel Pagan 9 5 1 0 0 2 0 0 .556 .556 .667 1.222
Jeff Francoeur 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .167 .167 .167 .333
Total 263 74 10 1 8 32 23 31 .281 .346 .418 .764
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Generated 8/2/2010.

My Take on the Opposition:

Anytime Johan Santana is on the mound I feel like the odds are stacked against the other team. I don’t care what the numbers say he just seems to make it difficult on the opposing team each and every time out. He is particularly tough on a team like the Braves that have struggled against left handed pitching all season long. I am interested in seeing if Rick Ankiel is in the lineup tonight against Santana or if Bobby elects to go with the switch hitter Melky Cabrera in Center. Anybody looking for the Braves offense to bounce back may have to wait another day.

Mets Perspective:

Rising Apple

Citi Slickers

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Tags: Atlanta Braves Johan Santana Matt Diaz New York Mets Tim Hudson Troy Glaus

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