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Mets turn to Jacob deGrom for split with Braves

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Atlanta's Max Freed wants to forget his recent start against the Mets, while New York's Jacob deGrom has only good memories of his game against the Braves.

Two standout players will face off Thursday night in his four-game series finale in Atlanta.

New York ended Atlanta's eight-game winning streak on Wednesday, looking for a series split and a chance to leave town with his five-and-a-half-game advantage in the National League East. . series.

deGrom (2-0, 1.62 ERA) was perfect in the sixth inning against the Braves in New York on Aug. 7 after making his game. , allowing one base and two runs. Homer. He struck out 12 times in five 2/3 innings, allowing one hit and two runs.

Freed (10-4, 2.60) has not pitched since Game 2 of the doubleheader against the Mets on August 6. , with five strikeouts. He suffered a concussion after falling and hitting his head on the ground in the third inning. He was placed on the 7-day concussion injured list.

DeGrom has been a handful of opponents since returning from a year-long injury.

In his first three games he allowed only six hits, and in one appearance he allowed only three. In August, deGrom led the majors with 28 strikeouts, a .109 batting average, a 28.1 strike-to-walk ratio, and he had 3.24 hits per nine innings.

"I'm not really sure what's coming back, but in the last game I saw a few things that I felt didn't work out mechanically, and that I could try and make those adjustments while I'm going through a pretty slow process to get back," deGrom said.

In a recent Saturday start, he shut out six innings in a 1-0 win over Philadelphia. He threw 76 pitches with 2 hits, 10 strikeouts, and achieved his second straight victory.

In 26 career starts against Atlanta, deGrom went 10-7 with a 2.01 ERA. He has appeared in his 14 games with Atlanta, going 6-4 with a 2.46 ERA.

Freed is 5-5, and against the Mets he has appeared in 19 games (14 starts) and has a 2.86 ERA. Atlanta manager Brian Snicker, who was ejected for the first time this season on Wednesday, said he used five relievers in his 9-7 loss to the Braves on Wednesday. However, he did not recruit closers Kenley Jansen, Razel Iglesias and A.J. Minter, his three main endgame arm on the team.

"I wouldn't do that," said Snicker. "Too many games to play. We're going to take the lead and (Kenly) won't be on the pitch so we need someone else to step up and do it. So you have a lot of guys out there so they're not chasing anything when we're down.

A bright spot for the Mets was the debut of third baseman Brett Beatty He became just the fifth player in franchise history to hit a home run in his first at-bat.

"I was blown away by his composure," said New York shortstop Francisco Lindor. rice field. "He's ready and treats himself like a pro. I can't wait to see him grow for many more years."

– Field Level Media