After a tough loss to the Braves in Atlanta for the series opener, the New York Mets look to even the score on Wednesday night against the Braves’ newly signed left hander Dallas Keuchel. The Mets will be without hitting machine Jeff McNeil due to a hamstring injury, unfortunately as of Tuesday evening, there doesn’t seem to be a timetable as far as his return. Team Officials and fans alike are keeping their fingers crossed until the super utility man’s MRI results come back.
Steven Matz, also a lefty, will take the mound for the Orange & Blue and looks to continue his good play as he’s pitched three quality starts in his last four trips to the hill. Matz also has a career 5-1 record with a 3.61 ERA against the Braves in 10 starts. Overall, the New York native is 7-7 with a 4.49 ERA, a 1.40 WHIP as well as striking out 104 batters in 110.1 innings pitched.
Dallas Keuchel signed with the Braves shortly after the MLB June Amateur Draft, allowing Atlanta to keep their pick if they would’ve signed him before the draft. Keuchel is 3-5 while pitching to a 4.83 ERA, a 1.36 WHIP, alongside 46 strikeouts in 59.2 innings.
If Jeff McNeil ends up seeing time on the Injured List, it’ll be interesting to see who the Mets will call upon to temporarily replace the utility man. Do they go with Dilson Herrera? Or Ruben Tejada? Hopefully we won’t have to find out.