The Mets (63-83) open a three-game road series against the Atlanta Braves (66-79) on Friday at 7:35 p.m. at SunTrust Park.
Who is starting for the Mets?
RHP Rafael Montero (5-9, 5.05 ERA) looks to win his fourth start in a row after he has gone 3-0 with a 2.41 ERA over his past three outings. Since Aug. 14, Montero's ERA has gone down a full run, as he has gone 4-1 with a 3.22 ERA in seven games (six starts). Montero is 2-1 with a 4.19 ERA in 13 games (five starts) on the road this year.
Who is starting for the Braves?
RHP Sean Newcomb (2-8, 4.38 ERA) is 0-1 with a 5.52 ERA over his last three starts. He faced the Mets in his MLB debut on June 10, giving up one unearned run and four hits in 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision. Newcomb is 1-2 with a 3.66 ERA in six home starts.
The Mets' pitching staff has a 7.25 ERA in September, the second-highest in the majors. ... First baseman Dominic Smith has a .298/.365/.617 batting line with four home runs and 11 RBIs in 11 games this month. ... The Mets lead the National League with 211 home runs this season, five more than the Chicago Cubs.