The month of April has been unkind to the Atlanta Braves. After a promising opening road series against the Nationals, the Braves have been in a 3-7 funk. Three consecutive series losses have sent many Atlanta fans into panic mode.
The remedy for the Braves, could come this weekend in the form of the downtrodden New York Mets. Having endured a miserable 1-6 home stand, the Mets look to be a prime candidate to set Atlanta back on track. The Mets' pitching, who collectively boast a 5.62 ERA, could be just what the doctor ordered for the cold bats in the Atlanta lineup.
Even their veteran opening day starter Mike Pelfrey has struggled in his first appearances of the season, allowing 18 hits in only 11 innings. The New York pitching staff will most likely improve, but until the return of ace Johan Santana the rotation is far from intimidating.
Clearly the Atlanta Braves have yet to play to their potential, but the odds are in their favor in this series. Due to the rain and postponement the Braves will host the Mets in a double-header Saturday. The early game marks the 2011 debut of Jair Jurjjens whose spent the first two weeks of the season recovering from a minor injury. Atlanta hopes to gain some stability on the mound with Jurjjens, and some pop in the lineup from Uggla, Gonzalez, rookie Freddie Freeman and Nate McLouth.