Opening Day foes Mets, Braves have high expectations

Source MGN Online

Source MGN Online

"Now, it's one of my favorites", Teheran said late last season about the Mets' home ballpark. Robert Gsellman will now start Saturday.

Cabrera's single - his third hit of the day - scored Flores, who was initially called out but ruled safe on a replay challenge. Hansel Robles worked a flawless seventh inning for the win.

At the end of Monday's game, Syndergaard said he hasn't had a blister like this since the minors.

The team made the announcement Sunday, one day before they open the season at the New York Mets.

"It's just a little blister", Syndergaard said.

"Yeah, we kind of have a big momentum shift right there and probably turns the game around", Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "I'm not too concerned about it". "He is extremely honest", said Syndergaard, who went 14-9 with a 2.60 ERA and 218 strikeouts last season, earning his first All-Star selection.


Though star Steven Matz will remain on the disabled list with an injured elbow, many agree this year The Amazins could return the commissioner's trophy to Citi Field.

In addition, the Braves placed four players on the 10-day disabled list, including RHPs Mauricio Cabrera (right elbow strain), Armando Rivera (right shoulder strain) and Dan Winkler (recovering from right elbow surgery for a fracture) and INF/OF Micah Johnson (fractured left wrist).

"He's going to miss some time with his elbow", Collins said.

Reyes followed with a walk and after Cabrera's RBI single, Krol exited the game in favor of Chaz Roe. "We've got to make sure we keep these five guys healthy".

It was a pitcher's duel until the fateful seventh inning, as Braves starter Julio Teheran matched zeroes with Syndergaard through the first six frames. Brandon Phillips hit into a game-ending 1-6-3 double play.

The right-hander is 3-0 with a 0.73 ERA in his past five outings versus the Mets, a stretch that included a scoreless streak of 29 2/3 innings and a one-hit shutout at Citi Field on Father's Day a year ago. He'll attempt to get the rebuilding Braves off to a positive start against a team he's tormented lately. Two World Series rings later, Lennon left the Yankees' beat after the 1998 season, bounced between the Bronx and Shea for the next three years, then took over on the Mets for the demise of Bobby Valentine in 2002.

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