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Preview: Mets (8-9) at Braves (12-5)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 2
Venue: Turner Field
Date: June 18, 2013 7:10 PM EDT
  

Rain delayed the opener of a five-game series between the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets by three and a half hours.

It could wreak similar havoc on Tuesday's scheduled doubleheader, as the forecast calls for scattered thunderstorms all day long with a 60 percent chance of precipitation.

If the rain stays away, this twinbill offers a tempting look at the Mets' future. They send 24-year-old Matt Harvey (5-1, 2.04 ERA) to the mound in the first game followed by 23-year-old Zack Wheeler making his major league debut in the nightcap.

Harvey has dipped slightly since jumping out to a 5-0 record in his first nine starts while holding opposing hitters to a .149 average. In his last five starts, opponents are batting .277 against him as the Mets (25-40) have gone 1-4. The right-hander hasn't won win since May 17 and is coming off his first loss of the season Thursday against St. Louis, even though he allowed one run in seven innings of a 2-1 defeat.

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"He's as good as you're going to face in the big leagues," Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter said. "He's got electric stuff."

Harvey would get most of the headlines Tuesday if not for the debut of Wheeler, the sixth overall pick in the 2009 draft. He was dealt to New York in 2011 as part of the trade that sent Carlos Beltran to San Francisco.

"I know it's going to be a big moment in my life," Wheeler said. "There's probably going to be some nerves."

He posted a 3.93 ERA in 13 starts for Triple-A Las Vegas this year, highlighted by 73 strikeouts in 68 2-3 innings.

Wheeler is not the only pitcher marking a first, however.

The Braves (42-28) will give Alex Wood (0-0, 3.52) his first start in the major leagues in the afternoon game. The 22-year-old Wood has yet to throw more than 36 pitches or two innings in six relief outings. He has struck out nine batters over 7 2-3 innings and opposing batters are hitting .185 off the left-hander.

While the early game will feature two young pitchers, the night contest includes a matchup between one man making his first start and one making his 231st in Paul Maholm (7-5, 3.65).

The left-hander has been a little shaky of late, allowing a homer in four straight starts while going 1-1 with a 4.32 ERA. Most recently, he tied a season high with three walks against San Diego, as he allowed five runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings of a 5-3 defeat Wednesday.

Maholm has plenty of experience against the Mets, with a 6-3 lifetime record and 3.58 ERA. He has held them scoreless for 22 1-3 straight innings, including a three-hitter Aug. 10.

He faces a New York team averaging 2.6 runs in its last nine games. The Mets, losers of 11 of 14, rank last in the major leagues with 42 runs in June.

Though the emphasis will be on the mound Tuesday, Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was the story Monday night, giving Atlanta a 2-1 victory with his two-run homer in the ninth inning. It marked Freeman's ninth home run against the Mets, his most against any team, and he now has a .311 lifetime average against New York. He has four multihit games against the Mets this season while batting .423.

The Braves, though, will have to find a way to replace Evan Gattis' production after the catcher was placed on the disabled list with an oblique strain on Tuesday. Gattis, who is second on the team with 14 homers and 37 RBIs, suffered the injury in his final at-bat Monday.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Mets at Braves
Mon, Jun 17 Final 1 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Mets at Braves
Tue, Jun 18 Final 6 to 1
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Mets at Braves
Wed, Jun 19 Final 3 to 5
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 4
Mets at Braves
Thu, Jun 20 Final 4 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 NYM  +165   -135   7 
 ATL  -180   +115   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 NYM  +165   -130   7 
 ATL  -190   +110   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 NYM  44%   19%   87% 
 ATL  56%   81%   13% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Jun 17, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NYM 1 Under: 3 
 ATL 2 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 May 26, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 2 Under: 6 
 NYM 4 Cover: +130 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 May 25, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 6 Cover: +100 
 NYM 0 Under: 6 
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 May 24, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 5 Over: 10 
 NYM 5 Cover: +145 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 May 5, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NYM 4 Over: 13 
 ATL 9 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 May 4, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NYM 0 Under: 0 
 ATL 0 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Recaps
 May 3, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NYM 7 Cover: +180 
 ATL 5 Over: 12 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Mar 25, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NYM 7 Cover: +135 
 ATL 4 Over: 11 
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 Mar 17, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 2 Cover: +100 
 NYM 1 Over: 3 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Mar 15, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NYM 5 Cover: +125 
 ATL 2 Over: 7 
 Tools:   Recaps

 MLB PREVIEWS
 Tuesday, Jun 18
 
    Rays at Red Sox
1:05 PM EDT
    Mets at Braves
1:10 PM EDT
    Orioles at Tigers
7:05 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Yankees
7:05 PM EDT
    Rockies at Blue Jays
7:05 PM EDT
    Royals at Indians
7:05 PM EDT
    Nationals at Phillies
7:05 PM EDT
    Rays at Red Sox
7:10 PM EDT
    Mets at Braves
7:10 PM EDT
    Pirates at Reds
7:10 PM EDT
    Athletics at Rangers
8:05 PM EDT
    White Sox at Twins
8:10 PM EDT
    Brewers at Astros
8:10 PM EDT
    Cubs at Cardinals
8:15 PM EDT
    Marlins at Diamondbacks
9:40 PM EDT
    Mariners at Angels
10:05 PM EDT
    Padres at Giants
10:15 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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