Braves-Mets Preview

Freddie Freeman routinely pounds the New York Mets, and he’s showing no signs of slowing down in this series.

Freeman looks to continue his success against the Mets and help the surging Atlanta Braves complete a three-game sweep Sunday at Citi Field.

Freeman owns a .323 career average against New York, but he’s been even better over the last 11 meetings. He’s batting .457 with four homers and 14 RBIs during that stretch, which includes going 10 for 21 while driving in six runs in five games this season.

Freeman has five hits in this series, connecting for an RBI double on one of his three in Saturday’s 7-5 victory as the Braves (12-5) won for the seventh time in eight tries.

Freeman’s success against the NL East rival Mets (8-9) is partly why he ranks third in the majors with a .413 average, while his five homers and 13 RBIs lead the Braves.

He may be in for another big day at the plate in the series finale since he’s 5 for 9 with a home run off Zack Wheeler (1-2, 4.67 ERA), who is seeking to win back-to-back starts for the first time since July 5-10.

The right-hander yielded two runs, six hits and three walks in 6 1-3 innings of Monday’s 7-3 win at Arizona.

"I would have liked to have finished the seventh, but my pitch count started getting up there and I walked that guy, so it’s understandable," Wheeler told the team’s official website after throwing 97 pitches in his longest outing of the season.

"I did have the three walks, which was kind of a disappointment, but I got faster outs and I kept my pitch count down for the most part."

Wheeler will now try to re-establish his success against the Braves after giving up four runs and eight hits, including a leadoff homer to Jason Heyward, in five innings of a 4-3 road defeat April 9.

He had won each of his previous three starts versus Atlanta behind a 2.89 ERA.

David Wright is 7 for 16 with three RBIs over the past four meetings with the Braves, getting three hits Saturday to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. He’s batting .341 with seven RBIs over that stretch and is 8 for 18 in the last four contests.

Atlanta gives the ball to David Hale (0-0, 2.89) for the first time since he struggled with his command in a 6-4 loss to the Mets on April 10. The rookie right-hander gave up four runs and issued five walks while being pulled with one out in the fifth inning.

He had his next scheduled start skipped due to a rainout.

Hale has only made one of his four career starts on the road, tossing five scoreless innings in a 2-1 win over Washington in his season debut April 4.

Mets outfielder Eric Young Jr. went 3 for 3 with a triple off Hale in the first meeting. He’s hitless in four at-bats this series after going 6 for 12 and scoring five runs in a three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks.