New York Mets: Peter Moylan

Series preview: Mets vs. Braves

May, 23, 2013

This weekend at Citi Field, the Mets face (left to right) Kris Medlen, Mike Minor and Julio Teheran.
METS (17-27, fourth place/NL East) vs. ATLANTA BRAVES (28-18, first place/NL East)

Friday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (0-5, 5.00) vs. RHP Kris Medlen (1-5, 3.02), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Dillon Gee (2-5, 6.04) vs. LHP Mike Minor (5-2, 2.78), 7:15 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Shaun Marcum (0-5, 6.59) vs. RHP Julio Teheran (3-1, 3.99), 8:05 p.m. ET, ESPN

Braves short hops

• Left fielder Justin Upton, who was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Jan. 24, is tied with Baltimore’s Chris Davis for the MLB lead in homers with 14. Upton became the first player in major league history to homer five times in his first five games with a team, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

• Right fielder Jason Heyward is hitting .304 with two RBIs in six games since returning from the disabled list Friday. Heyward underwent an appendectomy on April 22. He missed 22 games. He was hitting .121 when he landed on the DL.

• Center fielder B.J. Upton (.155, 4 HRs, 7 RBIs) snapped an 0-for-16 skid Saturday. He then homered Wednesday for the first time since April 23. He has yet to record a hit in three straight games, and will be bidding to accomplish that Friday at Citi Field.

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Evan Gattis has an MLB rookie-leading 10 homers.

• Catcher Brian McCann made his season debut May 6 after recovering from Oct. 16, 2012 shoulder surgery.

The Braves are now carrying six relievers and three catchers: McCann, rookie phenom Evan Gattis and Gerald Laird.

Gattis hit an opposite-field grand slam on a 3-0 pitch from Minnesota’s Vance Worley on Wednesday, in the catcher’s first start in eight days. He has 10 homers, which lead major league rookies, in only 122 at-bats. Manager Fredi Gonzalez has struggled to find playing time for Gattis in the three-catcher alignment. Gattis also can play first base or left field, but those are occupied.

• The Braves lost a pair of top-notch relievers to Tommy John surgery in a six-day span. Lefty Jonny Venters, who had not appeared this season, underwent the procedure last Thursday; this was his second Tommy John surgery. Fellow southpaw Eric O'Flaherty, who had held lefty batters to a .143 average this season, underwent the elbow procedure Tuesday.

Atlanta pitchers have undergone a spate of Tommy John surgeries -- seven among major leaguers in the past five years, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The recipients: Peter Moylan (May 2008), Tim Hudson (August 2008), Kris Medlen (August 2010), Arodys Vizcaino (March 2012), Brandon Beachy (June 2012), Venters and O’Flaherty.

• The Braves have a 2.79 bullpen ERA, narrowly behind the San Francisco Giants (2.77) and Pittsburgh Pirates (2.78) for the MLB lead. Craig Kimbrel notched his 100th career save on May 9, becoming the second-youngest to reach that plateau (24 years, 348 days). Only ex-Met Francisco Rodriguez (24 years, 246 days) was younger.

• Since O’Flaherty landed on the DL, Triple-A closer Cory Rasmus was promoted. He's the younger brother of Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus. Cory made his major league debut Wednesday. The siblings’ brother Casey is a 23-year-old catcher who is hitting .300 for the St. Louis Cardinals’ Class A Peoria affiliate.

• Beachy is set to begin a rehab assignment, so Atlanta will have to create a rotation spot soon.

• Reliever Jordan Walden (shoulder) is not eligible to be activated from the DL until after the Mets series.

• With their bullpen injuries, Atlanta signed lefty reliever Joe Beimel, 36, to a minor league contract. He also is returning from Tommy John surgery.

Andrelton Simmons is the only every-day shortstop without an error.

Dan Uggla (.182, 8 HRs, 16 RBIs) is 3-for-35 with 13 strikeouts in his last 10 starts. Ramiro Pena has started two games at second base in the past week.

Julio Teheran is coming off an outing in which he allowed one run in 8 1/3 innings against the Minnesota Twins.

• Medlen limited the Los Angeles Dodgers to one run (unearned) in seven innings in his last start. The Braves are 3-6 in Medlen's starts this season. Entering this year, Atlanta had won 23 straight games started by Medlen -- the most in one pitcher’s starts in major league history.

• The Braves arrive in New York off a 6-0 homestand, during which they swept the Dodgers and Twins.

Minors 5.14.13: Bowman, Chism 1-hitter

May, 14, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE 8, LAS VEGAS 5: Chris Schwinden hit leadoff batter Matt Angle, then walked No. 2 batter Alfredo Amezaga to open the game. He ultimately surrendered four first-inning runs and the 51s (18-19) never dug out from the deficit. Schwinden (2-4) was charged with five runs in five innings. Las Vegas pulled within 4-2 in the second as Eric Campbell delivered an RBI triple and scored on an error. Collin Cowgill's fifth-inning RBI single pulled the 51s within 5-3. Reliever Greg Peavey surrendered two runs in the sixth. Wilmer Flores had a run-scoring double and Zach Lutz (3-for-4) had an RBI single in the ninth against Peter Moylan, but Campbell struck out with Andrew Brown at second base to end it. Box

BINGHAMTON 7, AKRON 3: The B-Mets (21-18) batted around and scored four runs in the eighth to break a 3-all tie. The inning consisted of three hits, four walks and two Akron wild

pitches. After Wilfredo Tovar was thrown out at second base trying to stretch a leadoff hit into a double, Trey Haley struggled to find the strike zone. Haley walked the next three batters. Allan Dykstra then hit a groundball to first baseman Chun Chen. After Chen hesitated to throw home, it was too late to retire Dykstra and everybody was safe. Cory Vaughn followed with a broken-bat infield hit to give Binghamton a 5-3 lead. Two more wild pitches from the Akron bullpen pushed the lead to four. Against B-Mets starter Logan Verrett, Chen hit a two-run single for an early 2-0 lead. After getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the second inning, however, Verrett settled down. He retired 16 of his final 18 batters and threw seven innings in a no-decision. The only other damage against the righty came in the fifth, when Kyle Bellows hit a solo homer to put Akron ahead, 3-0. With two men on base against Paolo Espino in the bottom of that frame, Tovar singled home Vaughn for the first B-Mets run. Danny Muno then tied the score with a two-run double. Jack Leathersich (1-0) earned his first Double-A victory. The lefty threw two scoreless innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, BREVARD COUNTY 0: Matt Bowman and T.J. Chism combined on a one-hit

shutout. Bowman (2-0) allowed just a two-out single to left field by Manatees center fielder Chadwin Stang in the third inning. He struck out nine and walked one in seven innings. Bowman retired the final 12 batters he faced and retired the side in order five times. Chism retired all six batters in two scoreless innings, fanning three. The Mets jumped to a lead in the first on a two-run single by shortstop Brandon Hicks, who played in his first game with St. Lucie (23-13) after being sidelined since the end of spring training with a calf injury. Dustin Lawley’s double off the glove of Manatees third baseman T.J. Mittelstaedt scored T.J. Rivera and Hicks in the third. Rivera finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Hicks also went 2-for-4. Box

CHARLESTON 3, SAVANNAH 2: Gnats reliever Beck Wheeler entered for the bottom of the ninth with the score tied at 2 and surrendered consecutive singles that placed runners on the corners. After an intentional walk loaded the bases with none out, Kelvin De Leon produced a game-ending sacrifice fly. Savannah had evened the score in the sixth when Kevin Plawecki tripled and scored on Cole Frenzel's single. Gnats starter Gabriel Ynoa limited the RiverDogs to two runs in 6 1/3 innings. Hunter Carnevale tossed 1 2/3 scoreless relief innings. Frenzel drove in both runs for the Gnats (21-15). Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 5.11.13: Zack Wheeler logs 7.1 IP

May, 12, 2013
LAS VEGAS 4, ALBUQUERQUE 3: Zack Wheeler produced his third straight solid start. The top prospect limited the Isotopes to two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out

seven in 7 1/3 innings -- his longest outing in 15 Triple-A starts over two seasons. Wheeler threw 99 pitches (61 strikes) and shaved his ERA to 3.74. He surrendered a game-tying solo homer to Matt Angle in the seventh, but Eric Campbell answered with a homer in the bottom half against reliever Red Patterson to give the 51s a 3-2 lead. Wheeler has now limited opponents to three runs on 14 hits and three walks while striking out 19 in 20 innings over his past three starts. Wheeler's lone walk Saturday night came to the final batter he faced. He received a no-decision when Justin Hampson surrendered a run in the top of the ninth that evened the score at 3. Peter Moylan walked pinch-hitter Reese Havens with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. Campell homered for the second straight day. Ex-Met Aaron Laffey, who declared free agency and signed with the Dodgers after being removed from Toronto's 40-man roster, limited Las Vegas to two hits in six innings and received a no-decision. After walking Josh Satin, Laffey surrendered a two-run homer to Wilmer Flores in the fourth as Las Vegas took a 2-1 lead. Box

HARRISBURG at BINGHAMTON (ppd.): The rainout will be made up as part of a 12:05 p.m. doubleheader Sunday.

PALM BEACH at ST. LUCIE (ppd.): Because the teams do not play again during the first half, the game will not be made up.

SAVANNAH 3, ROME 2: Robert Gsellman was charged with one run in 5 1/3 innings

and earned the win in his Gnats debut. Savannah took a 2-0 lead in the fourth. Eudy Pina singled and Kevin Plawecki doubled up the left-center gap to put both in scoring position. Cole Frenzel drove in a run with a groundout. Maikis De La Cruz then singled to score Plawecki. Gsellman, who had made two starts for Class A St. Lucie before swapping teams with Matt Bowman, allowed a walk and a single to place runners at the corners in the sixth, ending his outing. Reliever Julian Hilario allowed one inherited runner to score. Gsellman surrendered four hits and two walks while striking out two. Jayce Boyd's solo homer in the bottom half of the sixth reestablished a two-run lead. Rome pulled within a run in the eighth, but Savannah reliever Hunter Carnevale struck out Carlos Franco to strand the tying run at second. Box

Compiled from team reports



Bartolo Colon
8 4.04 82 113
BAD. Murphy .297
HRC. Granderson 14
RBIL. Duda 46
RD. Murphy 55
OPSL. Duda .841
ERAJ. Niese 2.96
SOZ. Wheeler 99