Starting tonight, the Braves begin their last homestand of the season against the New York Mets. It is also Chipper Jones‘ last series in Atlanta of his career, as there will be a ceremony tonight in honor of the best Brave of the past 40 years.
- The Braves will miss R.A. Dickey, who won his 20th game yesterday against the Pirates. The Mets will be throwing Jonathon Niese, Chris Young, and Jenrry Mejia. It will be quite the change of pace Sunday, going from Young’s 84.6 average velocity to Mejia’s 94.3.
- The Braves have Tim Hudson, Mike Minor, and Kris Medlen on the mound for the weekend. The division tiebreaker game looks to be out of the question, as the Nationals keep on winning, but Minor would be in line to start that game. I would also assume this will be Huddy’s last start of the regular season, keeping him in line for a possible Game 1 NLDS start.
- After beginning the season getting swept in Citi Field, the Braves have won 10 of 12 against the Mets this year, outscoring them 80-42. Medlen, Paul Maholm, and Cristhian Martinez each have two wins in those games.
- Despite slowing down in the 2nd half, David Wright has managed to put together a 7 WAR season. While his .300/.400/.500 line is not too surprising, his defensive rebound is. After three straight years around a -10 UZR, Wright is at +12 this year, excelling in both errors and range.
- This is the last time we get to go over Chipper’s career stats against the Mets. As of now, in 1007 PA, he hit 49 HR with 159 RBI, hitting .311/.408/.548. He actually hit better against the Phillies, but we all know the stories of the Mets, between naming a son Shea and the Mets fans yelling LAR-RY since 1999.