The Mets (34-37, 7.5 GB in NL East) open an 11-game road trip with a critical three-game series against the Atlanta Braves (42-30, 2.5 game lead in NL East) on Monday at 7:20 p.m. at SunTrust Park.
The Mets have not played well on the road this season. They are 14-23 away from Citi Field and 4-11 in their last 15 road games. ... Michael Conforto has reached base safely in his last 12 consecutive games in which he is hitting .283 with three home runs, seven RBI and eight runs scored. ... Todd Frazier enters the game one home run shy of his 200th career homer. ... Wilson Ramos is hitting .343 with five home runs, 14 RBI, 10 walks and 14 runs scored in his last 22 games.
|Jeff McNeil, LF||Ronald Acuna Jr., CF|
|Pete Alonso, 1B||Dansby Swanson, SS|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||Freddie Freeman, 1B|
|Michael Conforto, RF||Josh Donaldson, 3B|
|Wilson Ramos, C||Nick Markakis, RF|
|Todd Frazier, 3B||Austin Riley, LF|
|Amed Rosario, SS||Brian McCann, C|
|Juan Lagares, CF||Ozzie Albies, 2B|
|Zack Wheeler, RHP||Mike Soroka, RHP|
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Who is starting for the Mets?
RHP Zack Wheeler (5-4, 4.87 ERA), who struggled his last time out, allowing a career-high nine runs -- five earned -- in just 4.2 innings in a loss to the Yankees. ... Wheeler is one of four pitchers in the MLB this season who has at least eight starts of going at least seven innings and is sixth in the NL with 99 strikeouts this season. ... The last time he faced the Braves (April 12) Wheeler allowed just two runs on six hits while striking out eight and walking three over six innings.
Who is starting for the Braves?
RHP Mike Soroka (7-1, 1.92 ERA), who is also coming off a sub-par outing in which he allowed a career-high 10 hits and five earned runs over five innings against the Pirates. ... Soroka has allowed more than one run just twice this season in 11 starts and has allowed just one run in 12.1 career innings against the Mets.
The Mets will return to action against the Braves on Tuesday at 7:20 p.m. with RHP Jacob deGrom (3-6, 3.38 ERA) toeing the mound opposite RHP Julio Teheran (5-4, 2.92 ERA).