Before we get deep into the preview of tonight’s game between the Braves and Mets, we’ve got to address the elephant in the room. The elephant is actually shaped like those patterns on Doppler radars that TV news meteorologists have dreams about. There’s a very good chance that this game could get rained out.
Forecast for this afternoon and tonight in NYC is rain followed by heavier rain, then heaviest rain, before easing back to just rain.— David O'Brien (@DOBrienAJC) April 25, 2017
With that being said, there’s always a chance that the powers that be could judge the rain as it’s happening and decide “Hey, let’s play ball,” so tonight’s game could still go on. If it does, Julio Teheran will be taking the mound for the Braves tonight with hopes of getting that bad start against Bryce Harper and the Nationals out of his memory.
The good news is that Teheran has pitched very well against the Mets as of late, so if there’s going to be a bounce-back performance for him then this start would be the prime time for that to happen for him. He started off the season back on Opening Day with six scoreless innings against the Mets, and he’s only given up one earned run in his last three starts at Citi Field. Simply put, Julio Teheran enjoys playing at Citi Field and here’s hoping that the trend continues.
While there’s a decent chance that the Mets probably aren’t looking forward to seeing Julio Teheran, they’re probably even less enthused to see Freddie Freeman — especially since Freeman appears to be picking up right where he left off in 2016. Freeman’s early season numbers are insane and he’s already worth 1.6 fWAR this season, which has him behind only Bryce Harper and Eric Thames at this point in the 2017 campaign. When you add to this the fact that Freddie just seems to torment the Mets more often than not, and you can see that this could end up being a good night for the Braves.
Robert Gsellman will be starting for the Mets, and he has a grand total of 11.1 innings of experience against the Braves. In what may be good news for the Mets, Gsellman has managed to strike out Freddie Freeman four times in those 11 innings. However, Matt Kemp has gone 3-6 with a homer and a double against the 23-year-old, so you might want to watch out for that tonight.
The Braves and Mets always manage to bring something interesting to the table when they meet, and if tonight’s game actually happens then there’s a chance for that to happen again this evening. Will Julio Teheran bounce back from a bad night against Washington on his last time out, or will the Mets finally figure out Teheran?
Game Date/Time: Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 7:10 p.m. ET
Location: Citi Field, New York, NY
TV: FOX Sports South
Radio: 680 AM/93.7 FM, Braves Radio Network