Harvey has been the best pitcher in baseball and fortunately for the Braves, they no longer have to face them. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Due to inclement weather, the Atlanta Braves lucked out in their series against the New York Mets. With the Saturday game being canceled, the Mets have decided to throw Jonathan Niese tomorrow, while the Braves will skip Julio Teheran and go with Tim Hudson, who was scheduled to pitch on Sunday.
The Braves dodged a bullet with this one and should be glad they won’t have to face baseball’s current top pitcher, Matt Harvey. After a blown game by the bullpen on Friday and Harvey projected to pitch Sunday, it seemed like the Braves would be losing a series to the Mets, at home–hardly what should be expected.
Thankfully though, the Mets management has decided to push Harvey back. Currently he is 4-0 with a 1.56 ERA and 10.26 K/9. The odds would have been against a sliding Braves offense to do much against him. Instead, the team will face Niese, who is 2-2 with a 3.31 ERA. He has a measly 4.68 K/9 compared to 3.58 BB/9 meaning the Braves might not strike out over 12 times against him.
A Hudson-Niese match up, is definitely more favorable for the Braves, and a two game split against a poor Mets team would be a lot easier to swallow as well.
Over/Under on Braves strikeouts? 6.5