R.A. Dickey takes the mound tonight for the Atlanta Braves as they continue their four-game set with the New York Mets. Atlanta and New York split a doubleheader last night with the Braves taking Game 1. The Mets held off a late rally to secure a 3-2 win in Game 2.
Dickey is looking to build on a superb outing last time out against the Nationals where he allowed four hits and two runs over eight innings. He struggled with his control in his first three starts in September walking eight while allowing 16 runs in just 14 1/3 innings. Dickey struck out four and walked no one while picking up his 10th win of the season against Washington.
Dickey allowed eight hits and five runs in his last start against the Mets. He is 2-1 with a 5.63 ERA in three starts against New York this season.
Dickey hinted at retirement following his last start although his current contract does contain a team option for 2018. The Braves say they haven’t made a decision on whether they will exercise that option but the first step is for Dickey to decide if he wants to return. He is tentatively scheduled to pitch the final game of the regular season in Miami on Sunday.
The Mets will counter with right hander Rafael Montero who is looking to bounce back from a rough start last time out against the Marlins. Montero lasted just four innings while allowing seven hits and five runs in his last start at Miami. He is 5-11 with a 5.30 ERA in 32 total appearances (17 starts) in 2017. Montero has faced the Braves twice this season and allowed 10 hits and five runs in just 6 1/3 innings.
Ender Inciarte collected two more hits on Monday giving him 199 for the season. He is looking to become just the seventh player in Atlanta Braves history to record 200 hits in a season and the first since Marquis Grissom in 1996.
Game Date/Time: Tuesday, September 26, 7:10 p.m. ET
Location: Citi Field, Flushing, New York
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Radio: 680 AM / 93.7 FM, Braves Radio Network