Game Preview: Winans welcomes Mets to town, Braves offense faces off with Peterson

The Atlanta Braves (80-43) welcome the rival New York Mets (58-67) to town for the final series between the two teams in 2023

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The Atlanta Braves will start their final series of the year with the rival New York Mets tonight at Truist Park. If you would’ve asked me at the beginning of the season, I would have thought this series would have a lot more meaning behind it than what we found out it actually does.

The Braves have been a dominant force pretty much all season, whereas the Mets have seen regression in their lineup, blowups in their bullpen, terrible starting pitching, and went full firesale at the MLB trade deadline.

That doesn’t mean these two teams haven’t provided us with some great moments this season. Between perhaps the best game of the year, and Pete Alonso giving a meme we won’t soon forget, it is always very entertaining when these two rivals take the same field.

Pitching Matchup for Braves vs. Mets

Manager Brian Snitker officially made the news public last night that the team would be calling up Allan Winans to make the start Monday night against the Mets. Winans was the 27th man and the starter for the first game of the doubleheader last Saturday against the Mets. Winans cruised through seven innings without allowing a run and striking out nine in the Braves 21-3 beat down of New York.

New York will be sending lefty David Peterson to the mound tonight. Peterson has a 3-7 record with a 5.45 ERA, and 4.71 FIP. Peterson really struggled with command in his last outing against Pittsburgh, walking six batters, so be on the look out early on for how much he is in the strike zone.

Hitter to Watch

The Braves have seen Peterson more than a few times now, and a couple hitters have pretty solid numbers against the lefty. Austin Riley is 8-18 against him in his career, and Matt Olson has three home runs in just 11 ABs against Peterson.

How to watch Braves vs. Mets - 8/21/23

Date/Time/Location: 8/21/2023 at 7:20 PM EST at Truist Park

TV: Bally Sports Southeast

Radio: 680 AM/93.7 FM The Fan