Alvarez Looks To Make Mark in Big Leagues
The New York Mets called up their top prospect for the three-game series against the Atlanta Braves, which continues Saturday in Atlanta.
Francisco Alvarez, a 20-year right-handed hitting catcher, was the No. 4 ranked prospect in all of baseball by ESPN on their midseason list. The Venezuelan hit 27 home runs and drove in 78 runs between stops at Double A and Triple A this season, giving him 58 homers and 174 RBIs in 895 minor league at bats across three seasons.
Alvarez hit .315 and had an OPS of 1.019 against left-handers this season and facing lefties will likely be his primary job over the final six regular season games and possibly the postseason.
Alvarez batted seventh as the designated hitter in his debut Friday and went 0-for-4, including grounding into a double play with two runners on and no outs in the top of the second inning and striking out with the bases loaded in the ninth inning.
Riley, Olson Power Braves
As they have all season, Austin Riley and Matt Olson came up with the big hits in Friday’s 5-2 win for the Braves, smashing back-to-back home runs in the second inning to erase a 1-0 deficit.
For Riley, it was his 15th home run in 204 at bats against the Mets in his career and the 38th of the season, five more than he hit last season.
Olson, who took over at first base for Mets’ killer Freddie Freeman, entered Friday’s series opener batting .222 against New York, but came away with two hits and two runs scored.
Dansby Swanson also homered for the Braves off the Mets’ Jacob deGrom,,
The Braves, who can get just their second outright division lead this season and first since September 9 with a win Saturday, tacked on a pair of runs off the Mets’ reliever Tylor Megill.
Scherzer Takes the Ball for the Mets
Max Scherzer will have to work his magic on the mound if the Mets want to avoid losing the division lead.
The three-time Cy Young Award winner has pitched in many big games in his career for the Detroit Tigers, Washington National and Los Angeles Dodgers but this is his first must-win contest for the Mets.
The 38-year-old has been masterful in three September starts, going 2-0 with 1.06 ERA, including allowing four hits and one earned run over 12 innings in his last two starts.
Scherzer, who is 34-19 with a 3.18 ERA in his career during September and October, has a pair of wins at Truist Park this season. He shut out the Braves over seven innings in the first start before giving up four earned runs in the second one, which the Mets won in a slugfest. Scherzer is 13-9 with a 3.69 ERA in his career vs. the Braves.
Mets vs Braves Head-to-Head
The Braves have won two straight and four of the last five games against the Mets to close the gap in the season series to 9-8. The winner of the season series will get the tie-breaker that will be used to decide which team gets the No. 2 seed in the event they finish tied atop the division. New York fell to 22-28 all-time at Truist Park, which opened in 2017.
Mets vs Braves Game Information
- Game: Mets (98-59) vs Braves (98-59)
- Location: Truist Park, Atlanta, GA
- Day/Time: Saturday, Oct. 1st, 7:20 p.m. ET
- Mets vs Braves Live stream: MLB.tv
Mets vs Braves Betting Lines
|Mets||-1½ +155||-115||7½ Evo||3½ -110o / 3½ -120u>|
|Braves||+1½ -175||+105||7½ -120u||3½ +115o / 3½ -145u|
The odds in this chart are based on the time of publication. They are subject to change.
Mets vs Braves Prediction
The Braves will send out 20-game winner Kyle Wright, who has five losses on the season and two of them have come against the Mets. The right-hander allowed 16 hits and nine earned runs over 13 innings in those two losses. The Mets are 6-1 in Scherzer’s last seven road starts.
The Mets have more to lose in this one, so go with them against the spread.