Major League Baseball
Preview
Atlanta at NY Mets
When: 7:10 PM ET, Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Where: Citi Field, New York City, New York

The reeling New York Mets have received little comfort from playing at Citi Field, losing five of six on their current nine-game homestand and eight of nine overall heading into the first of three contests versus the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday. Ace right-hander Julio Teheran has manhandled the Mets in his last six starts with an 0.63 ERA, and the Braves have made themselves at home at Citi Field by winning seven of the last nine.

New York's Michael Conforto belted his second homer in three contests during Sunday's 6-3 setback against Washington and is 7-for-15 with three runs scored during the team's four-game losing skid. The 24-year-old is in line to see routine work with versatile Jay Bruce needed a first base in place of injured Lucas Duda (elbow). The Mets' slide somewhat has been cushioned by the plight of the cellar-dwelling Braves, who answered a five-game winning streak by being on the wrong end of back-to-back sweeps by National League East rivals Washington and Philadelphia. Brandon Phillips collected two singles in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Phillies and is batting .375 during his 10-game hitting streak, although he went just 2-for-11 as Atlanta dropped two of three in a series-opening series to New York.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, FSN South (Atlanta), SNY (New York)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Braves RH Julio Teheran (1-1, 3.52 ERA) vs. Mets RH Robert Gsellman (0-1, 5.09)

Teheran scattered four hits and struck out a season-best six over six scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Mets on Opening Day and has permitted just one earned run in his past 22 innings at Citi Field. The 26-year-old Colombian was far from dominant in his last outing, surrendering a pair of homers to Bryce Harper and seven runs total on as many hits in four innings of Wednesday's 14-4 rout by the Nationals. Teheran hopes to return to form versus the Mets, with Neil Walker batting just 2-for-20 against him with three strikeouts - although the second baseman has homered twice and driven in five runs in his last four games overall.

Gsellman recorded his second straight no-decision on Wednesday despite allowing three runs and striking out seven in a career-high seven innings versus the Phillies. The 23-year-old overcame two hits to record a scoreless inning of relief against Atlanta on April 3, although he owns an 0-1 mark with a 4.76 ERA and 1.59 WHIP while allowing the Braves to bat .318 versus him in three career appearances. Matt Kemp is 3-for-6 with a homer in a small sample size against Gsellman, although the former also went deep on Sunday and had a pair of blasts in a 6-2 loss to the Mets on April 6.

WALK-OFFS

1. Atlanta 1B Freddie Freeman, who is batting .321 in 58 games at Citi Field, is 2-for-13 over his last four contests overall after erupting for 17 hits in his previous nine.

2. New York OF Yoenis Cespedes reportedly told manager Terry Collins that he's ready to return from an hamstring injury on Tuesday.

3. Braves 3B Adonis Garcia, who had an RBI double in a 3-1 win on April 5, went 3-for-10 with a homer and three RBIs over the weekend.

PREDICTION: Mets 4, Braves 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Atlanta 6-12 L6 4-3 2-9 2-9 0-3 4-0 0-0
NY Mets 8-11 L4 4-8 4-3 8-11 0-0 0-0 0-0
Last Meeting
Atlanta NY Mets
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
4/6/17 ATL 2 NYM 6 .188 2 .562 .258 1 .775
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Atlanta M. Kemp .462 6 1.731
NY Mets J. Bruce .333 3 1.316
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Atlanta M. Kemp 2 2 4
NY Mets J. Bruce 1 3 2
Pitching ERA Avg K
Atlanta 3.86 .194 20
NY Mets 1.50 .198 31
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Atlanta F. Freeman .381 24 1.303
NY Mets J. Bruce .271 19 .912
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Atlanta F. Freeman 7 16 9
NY Mets J. Bruce 6 13 14
Pitching ERA Avg K
Atlanta 4.25 .243 124
NY Mets 3.70 .210 192