New York Mets @ Atlanta Braves
Tuesday, 4/8 7:10 PM
Bartolo Colon, RHP (0-1, 4.50 ERA/6.10 FIP/3.63 xFIP)vs Aaron Harang, RHP (1-0, 0.00 ERA/2.65 FIP/4.32 xFIP)
Though Colon technically threw a quality start in his Mets debut, it was not enough to avoid his first loss. He has only faced the Braves three times in his career, but is 3-0 with a 1.57 ERA in those games and 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA at Turner Field.
Harang gets the start in Atlanta's home opener just two weeks after being released by the Indians. The veteran hurler provided a welcome surprise when he limited Milwaukee to two hits in 6 2/3 scoreless innings on Wednesday.
Wednesday, 4/9 7:10 PM
Zack Wheeler, RHP (0-1, 4.50 ERA/4.27 FIP/3.55 xFIP)vs Ervin Santana, RHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA/0.00 FIP/0.00 xFIP)
Wheeler struck out six batters in the first three innings of his season debut against the Nationals on Thursday, but could not scratch out a victory. Next up are Wheeler's hometown Braves in Atlanta, where he made his big league debut last June.
Santana will be making this season debut exactly one month after the Braves first contacted him with the hope the veteran right-hander would replenish their depleted starting rotation. He has a 3.82 ERA in 31 career starts against NL teams.
Thursday, 4/10 7:10 PM
Jenrry Mejia, RHP (1-0, 1.50 ERA/2.93 FIP/3.35 xFIP)vs David Hale, RHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA/2.70 FIP/3.44 xFIP)
Mejia's debut was hardly efficient, with eight strikeouts and five walks leading to 101 pitches in six innings. But the Reds only scored once off Mejia, who vindicated the Mets' decision to carry him over Daisuke Matsuzaka on the Opening Day roster.
Hale once again displayed an effective sinker in his season debut, as he tossed five scoreless innings against the Nationals. The suburban Atlanta native has allowed one earned run through his first three career starts.