NEW YORK METS (32-29, first place/NL East) vs. ATLANTA BRAVES (29-31, third place/NL East)
BRAVES SHORT HOPS
The Braves revamped their bullpen in recent days by adding a pair of ex-Mets. Atlanta designated right-hander Trevor Cahill for assignment and promoted left-hander Dana Eveland from Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday. Eveland had signed a minor league deal four days earlier. He began the season with Pawtucket, the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, but opted out of his contract. Fellow ex-Met David Aardsma was added by the Braves on Tuesday. He opted out of a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers after making 20 relief appearances at Triple-A Oklahoma City. The Braves have six blown saves in their past 11 games.
The Braves acquired third baseman Juan Uribe from the Dodgers on May 27 along with Chris Withrow in a trade for Alberto Callaspo, Juan Jaime, Eric Stults and Ian Thomas. Uribe is hitting .250 (12-for-48) with two homers and seven RBIs since the swap. He has the best fielding percentage among major league third basemen since the start of the 2011 season.
Versatile Kelly Johnson returned from the disabled list Wednesday. He went 3-for-4 in his first game since suffering an oblique injury. He then went hitless in three at-bats Thursday.
Ex-Met Eric Young Jr. was designated for assignment on June 5 after hitting .169 in 77 at-bats. He just cleared waivers and was outrighted to Gwinnett.
Miller's 1.84 ERA ranks second in the National League, behind only Pittsburgh’s Gerrit Cole (1.73). Miller, 24, faces the Mets for the first time since being acquired in the offseason from the St. Louis Cardinals. He arrived with minor leaguer Tyrell Jenkins for Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden.
First baseman Freddie Freeman (.304, 11 HR, 37 RBIs) had five homers in a six-game span from May 29 through June 3. He had gone homerless in his previous 20 games. Freeman went 3-for-5 with two doubles and a homer in a loss Thursday against the San Diego Padres. It marked his second career game with three extra-base hits. He had no extra-base hits in his previous five games.
Cameron Maybin (.298) had five straight multi-hit games through Monday.
Wood was ejected from his most recent start for arguing balls and strikes, although he logged five innings and 88 pitches before the heave-ho by plate umpire Mark Carlson.
Atlanta's 29-31 record is its worst through 60 games since 2006, when its reign of 14 straight division titles was ended by the Mets.