Series: Game 1 of 3

NY Mets leads 1-0 (as of 9/16)

Game 1: Friday, September 16
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Game 2: Saturday, September 17
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Game 3: Sunday, September 18
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Mets 12

(72-79, 41-35 away)

Braves 2

(86-65, 46-30 home)

    7:35 PM ET, September 16, 2011

    Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia 

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    NYM 402401001 12 20 1
    ATL 110000000 2 6 0

    W: C. Capuano (11-12)

    L: D. Lowe (9-15)

    Mets-Braves Preview


    The Atlanta Braves are closing in on a playoff spot. The New York Mets, however, have played them tough all season, and now will have Chris Capuano on the mound.

    Capuano has given the Braves problems throughout his career, and he'll try to help the Mets end a six-game slide Friday night in the opener of a three-game set at Turner Field.

    Atlanta (86-64) leads St. Louis by 4 1/2 games for the wild card with a magic number of nine. The Braves had lost seven of nine before winning the final two contests of a three-game series with Florida this week.

    "The last couple weeks, we've been kind of tight," shortstop Alex Gonzalez said.

    The Braves are 8-7 in the seasons series against the Mets (71-79), and could have trouble getting loose in the batter's box against Capuano (10-12, 4.49 ERA), who went 2-2 with a 3.06 ERA against them in six starts with Milwaukee between 2005-07.

    The left-hander had not faced Atlanta since those seasons before a spectacular outing Aug. 26 at Citi Field. Capuano struck out a career-high 13 in a two-hitter -- his third career shutout and first since 2006 -- as New York won 6-0.

    Numerous Atlanta hitters have poor career numbers against Capuano. Braves RBI leader Dan Uggla is 3 for 14 with nine strikeouts, Chipper Jones is 1 for 11, Gonzalez is 3 for 12 and Martin Prado is hitless in seven at-bats.

    Capuano's win over the Braves is his only victory in his last eight outings. He's 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA in three starts since that game.

    Atlanta is 8-4 in home games started by probable Friday starter Derek Lowe (9-14, 4.70), compared to a 7-12 mark when he pitches on the road. Lowe has dropped his last two outings away from home, including a 4-3 loss at St. Louis last Saturday in which he yielded four runs over six innings.

    The veteran right-hander is 1-0 with a 3.75 ERA in two starts against the Mets this season.

    Mets left fielder Jason Bay is hitting .481 (13 for 27) with two homers and nine RBIs in his last seven games against the Braves, although he's 0 for 17 in his career against Lowe.

    Jones has four homers and 13 RBIs against New York this season. His 48 homers and 151 RBIs in his career versus the Mets rank third all-time for all opposing players against them.

    Gonzalez went 8 for 11 with five RBIs in the series against Florida, hitting a go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh inning of Wednesday's 4-1 win.

    New York is trying to avoid losing seven straight for the first time since April 10-16. The Mets lost 10-1 at home to Washington on Thursday to cap a four-game sweep by the Nationals.

    "The perception I have right now: We folded it up. And I won't stand for that," manager Terry Collins said. "You want to see me be intense? You guys are going to see it. I don't play that game."

    Mets third baseman David Wright has six errors during the losing streak and eight in his last 10 games.

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    Gameday Matchup

     New YorkAtlanta
    Current StreakW1L5
    Last 105-52-8

    Pitching Matchup

    New YorkAtlanta
    C. Capuano
    11-12, 4.55 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/27 at NYM
    6.0 IP, 3 ER
    Dec = ND
    D. Lowe
    9-17, 5.05 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/27 at ATL
    4.0 IP, 5 ER
    Dec = Loss

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.New YorkAtlanta
    1. J. Reyes, SS M. Bourn, CF
    2. A. Pagan, CF C. Jones, 3B
    3. D. Wright, 3B F. Freeman, 1B
    4. L. Duda, RF D. Uggla, 2B
    5. J. Bay, LF B. McCann, C
    6. N. Evans, 1B M. Diaz, RF
    7. J. Thole, C M. Prado, LF
    8. R. Tejada, 2B A. Gonzalez, SS
    9. C. Capuano, P D. Lowe, P

    Research Notes

    Dan Uggla has struck out nine times in 14 career at-bats against Chris Capuano.

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