The Atlanta Braves will look to avoid injury and to prevent a sweep when they wrap up the 2019 MLB regular season Sunday afternoon against the New York Mets. Having clinched their second straight NL East crown last week, Atlanta has used the final week of games to setup their rotation for the division series.
Mike Soroka had his scheduled start on Wednesday pushed back until Sunday to line him up to be the team’s probable starter for Game 3 of the division series. Soroka has had a breakout campaign and has arguably been Atlanta’s most consistent and effective starter. He allowed five hits and two runs over five innings in his last start against Philadelphia on September 19. Soroka will likely be limited to 60-75 pitches on Sunday.
The Mets will counter with right-handed Noah Syndergaard who is limping to the finish line of the 2019 season. Syndergaard has struggled of late allowing four runs in each of his past four starts. He has allowed a combined 20 hits and eight runs including three homers over his last 10 2/3 innings.
It is not known yet what the Braves’ plans are for their lineup on Sunday evening but it would seem likely that Freddie Freeman will see another day off. Freeman appeared to be favoring his elbow again over the final few innings of Saturday’s loss. MLB.com’s Mark Bowman asked Brian Snitker about Freeman postgame and this was Snitker’s response.
Asked if it looked like Freeman was favoring his elbow tonight, Snit said, “You’ll have to ask him.” Freeman was gone before the media entered the clubhouse.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) September 29, 2019
Not an ideal situation and one that we will need to keep an eye on for the division series.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, September 29, 3:10 p.m. ET
Location: Citi Field, Flushing, New York
TV: Fox Sports South
Radio: 680 AM / 93. 7 FM The Fan, Rock 100.5, Braves Radio Network