Mets-Braves Preview

Jace Peterson hasn’t had any problems against New York Mets pitching during his hot stretch. He’ll try to extend both trends in the Atlanta Braves’ first matchup with Noah Syndergaard.

Peterson and the Braves will try to keep Syndergaard winless on the road Saturday night while doing the same to the Mets during their road trip.

Peterson, hitting .284 in his first season as Atlanta’s everyday second baseman, has batted .367 over the past 12 games. He’s 8 for 17 with a homer, six RBIs and five runs in four meetings with New York (36-33) in that span after going 1 for 16 in his first six matchups.

His second hit Friday was a two-run double in the eighth to give Matt Wisler a 2-1 win in his major league debut. Wisler went eight innings hours after being recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett.

The Mets have lost the first three on this eight-game trip, totaling two runs and 15 hits.

"We’ve gotten some very good pitching. We just aren’t scoring runs," manager Terry Collins said after Jacob deGrom tossed seven scoreless innings before being charged with the runs Peterson knocked in.

Syndergaard (2-4, 3.76 ERA) has posted a 6.46 ERA in losing all three road starts. The right-hander was hit hard in his most recent such outing June 2, giving up seven runs and 10 hits despite recording 10 strikeouts in four innings of a 7-2 loss to San Diego.

Syndergaard, though, is coming off an impressive home performance Monday, striking out a season-high 11 while allowing one run and two hits in six innings against Toronto. Wilmer Flores delivered a walkoff single in the 11th for a 4-3 win.

The Braves (33-35) will also send out a rookie in Williams Perez (3-0, 2.29), who has allowed one or no runs in five of his six starts. The right-hander has pitched 14 consecutive innings without yielding an earned run over three games – two starts.

That stretch includes a scoreless 11th for his first save in a 5-3 win over the Mets last Saturday. Perez followed that by shutting out Boston for six innings of a 4-2 road victory Monday.

"He said he likes starting more than being a reliever or a closer," bullpen coach Eddie Perez said, acting as interpreter. "But he said he’d do anything to be in the big leagues."

The Mets’ .240 average and 3.7 runs per game rank among the lowest marks in baseball. They’re even worse on the road, hitting .232 with an average of 3.0 runs.

Curtis Granderson has been a major culprit with a .198 average on the road. He’s 0 for 10 in four games at Turner Field.

It’s uncertain if Atlanta will have Freddie Freeman in the lineup after he missed a second straight game with a sprained left wrist. He was feeling "a lot better" and available as a defensive replacement Friday, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez.

Freeman has gone 5 for 29 with a home run and six RBIs in his last nine home games against New York.