Atlanta Braves @New York Mets
Friday, 4/18 7:10 PM
Aaron Harang, RHP (2-1, 0.96 ERA/2.19 FIP/3.90 xFIP) vs Jon Niese, LHP (0-1, 3.46 ERA/4.12 FIP/3.19 xFIP)
Harang recorded his three quality starts in three tries this season. His two earned runs allowed in his first three starts marks his best start to a season since he did the same thing as a rookie in 2002.
Saturday, 4/19 7:10 PMWith a short bullpen, the Mets desperately needed length from Niese on Saturday in Anaheim. He obliged with a remarkably efficient 7 1/3 innings, needing only 96 pitches to record 22 outs.
Ervin Santana, RHP (1-0, 0.64 ERA/1.97 FIP/1.64 xFIP) vs Bartolo Colon, RHP (1-2, 6.00 ERA/6.38 FIP/4.13 xFIP)
Santana is coming off consecutive strong starts including six innings of four-hit baseball in which he allowed one run and matched a career-high 11 strikeouts. Santana now has 12 starts in which he has reached double figures.
Colon's last outing was one of the worst of his 17-year career. Four of the 11 hits that Colon gave up went over the fence at Angel Stadium, resulting in nine earned runs. Next up are the Braves, whom Colon shut out over seven innings on April 8.
Sunday, 4/20 1:10 PM
David Hale, RHP (0-0, 2.89 ERA/4.01 FIP/5.20 xFIP) vs Zack Wheeler, RHP (1-2, 4.67 ERA/3.68 FIP/3.54 xFIP)
Hale struggled to command his sinker as he allowed four earned runs and lasted just 4 1/3 innings against the Mets on April 10.
Still searching for the efficiency he showed in Spring Training, Wheeler was nonetheless much better last time out in Phoenix, giving up two runs in 6 1/3 innings. He has delivered two quality starts in three tries this season, despite his 4.67 ERA.