On Saturday, the Atlanta Braves play the second game of a three-game series on the road against the New York Mets. The Braves were off Thursday and defeated the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday 10-2. Josh Donaldson hit three doubles and knocked in four runs, while Dansby Swanson collected four hits and knocked in two runs for the National League East champions Braves.
The Mets were beaten on Thursday by the Miami Marlins 4-2. Zack Wheeler pitched seven strong innings for the Mets, but served up a three-run home run to Curtis Granderson in the eighth inning and suffered the loss. Wheeler becomes a free agent at the end of the season and reached at least the seventh inning in his last four starts.
Ozzie Albies leads the Braves in batting average at 2.99 and in hits with 183. Ronald Acuna Jr. is the leader in home runs with 41 and Freddie Freeman in RBIs with 121. Atlanta hitters are averaging .259 at the plate. On Saturday, the Braves will send Mike Foltynewicz to the mound. The right-hander is 8-5 with an ERA of 4.46, 100 Ks and 36 BBs.
Jeff McNeil is leading New York with a .318 batting average. Amed Rosario leads in hits with 173. Pete Alonso leads the Mets in home runs with 51 and RBIs with 118. The Mets are averaging .257 at the plate. On Saturday, the Mets will send Steven Matz to the mound. The lefthander is 10-10 with an ERA of 4.37, 146 Ks and 47 BBs.