Apr 4, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher David Hale (57) throws during the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets at Atlanta Braves preview: Hale on the mound for the series

Update: The official lineup as been released for Thursday night’s game… and there is a familiar face in the #2 spot.

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After Ervin Santana led the way in yesterday’s series-tying win against the New York Mets, the Atlanta Braves will look to David Hale to help the team win their third series of the season. The team has won two of three against the Brewers and the Nationals and it would be a shame to drop a series to the Mets.

In addition to keeping the series winning streak alive, Hale is going to be looking to continue the strong starting pitching that the Braves have seen in every game so far this series. According to ESPN, no Atlanta starter has allowed more than two runs in a start so far. If that kind of success can continue, this team is going to be dominant once again.

But the offense is going to have to step up. Last night it was good to see what Jason Heyward did, and he has the talent to completely change the lineup. If he’s gotten past the early-season slump he went through to start the year, watch out.

He and the rest of the team will be going up against Jennry Mejia tonight, who has one nice outing under his belt so far this season. Against the Cincinnati Reds last week, Mejia threw six innings and gave up just four hits while striking out eight batters. He gave up just a single run to lead New York to a 4-3 victory–their first of the season.

We’ll update you when more details come out (including the lineup Fredi Gonzalez is going with tonight), but until then be sure to follow us on twitter (@ATLBeatBlog) and check back later tonight for a full game recap.

Date: April 10, 2014

Start Time: 7:10 p.m.

TV Channel: Fox Sports South

Radio: 680 AM/106.7 FM (Local in Atlanta), Full list of Local Affiliates

Live Stream: MLB.tv (Click Here, $)

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