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New York Mets Preview
New York Mets rookie left-hander David Peterson will try to play the role of stopper Sunday in the series finale against the Atlanta Braves. Peterson, who won his MLB debut Tuesday night at Boston by working 5 2/3 solid innings, has to face a lineup that’s scored 18 runs in the series’ first two games.
First baseman Pete Alonso continued his early-season skid Saturday by going 1-for-5, keeping his average at .200 through nine games. He’s fanned 12 times in 35 at-bats. One bright spot has been third baseman J.D. Davis, who is hitting .320 with a pair of homers and six RBIs.
Atlanta Braves Preview
Atlanta Braves right-hander Kyle Wright’s first start in Tampa Bay on Tuesday night was dreadful, as he failed to make it out of the third inning in a 5-2 defeat. Wright, who will start Sunday against the Mets, was charged with all five runs in 2 2/3 innings and failed to command his pitches, issuing three walks.
Left fielder Marcell Ozuna continued his hot start Saturday night with a two-run homer in a 7-1 rout of the Mets. Ozuna is 11 of 30 in the first nine games, cracking three homers and three doubles while knocking in six runs. Shortstop Dansby Swanson’s 1-for-3 Saturday night actually dropped his average to .382. Swanson leads the National League with 11 RBIs.