The final road trip of the 2017 season gets underway Monday afternoon for the Atlanta Braves with a doubleheader against the New York Mets. Atlanta will send a pair of young arms to the mound in the twin bill with Lucas Sims getting the nod in Game 1 with Max Fried taking the hill in Game 2.
Sims pitched well in a spot start last week against the Nationals allowing three hits and one run over five innings of work. He made seven starts before shifting to the bullpen to make room for Luiz Gohara in the team’s rotation. Sims has made 12 appearances overall going 2-5 with a 5.14 ERA.
Chris Flexon will come out of the bullpen to make the start for the Mets. Flexon is 3-4 with a 7.13 ERA in 12 games this season. He allowed nine hits and seven earned runs over four innings in his last start against Houston on September 3. Since then he has allowed one earned run over four relief appearances.
Fried will make his third start of the season in Game 2 and will be making his first appearance since pitching a scoreless inning in relief back on September 16. Overall Fried is 1-0 with a 4.41 ERA in seven appearances this season.
New York will counter with righty Seth Lugo who is 6-5 with a 5.03 ERA in 17 appearances this season. Lugo allowed four hits and one run while striking out three in his last start against the Marlins. He is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in two career starts against Atlanta.
Ender Inciarte enters Monday with 197 hits on the season. He is bidding to become the first Braves player with 200 hits in a season since Marquis Grissom in 1996.
Game Date/Time: Monday, September 25, 4:10 p.m. ET
Location: Citi Field, Flushing, New York
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Radio: 680 AM / 93.7 FM, Braves Radio Network