Mets Preview: Taijuan Walker gets the ball against Braves on SNY

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Mets Taijuan Walker throws vs Cards
Mets Taijuan Walker throws vs Cards

The Mets (18-16, 1st in NL East) face the Atlanta Braves (19-21 , 3rd in NL East) on Monday at 7:10 m. at Truist Park on SNY.

Mets Notes

  • The Mets begin a stretch where nine of their next 13 games are against division rivals

  • New York is 9-5 against the NL East this season, posting a 2.77 ERA in those games

  • Dominic Smith is batting .304/.385/.370 with five runs, three doubles, six RBI, five walks and a .754 OPS in 14 games this month

  • Johneshwy Vargas will make his major league debut and bat ninth

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Mets

Braves

Francisco Lindor, SS

Ronald Acuna Jr., RF

Pete Alonso, 1B

Freddie Freeman, 1B

Dominic Smith, LF

Marcell Ozuna, LF

Kevin Pillar, RF

Ozzie Albies, 2B

Jonathan Villar, RF

Dansby Swanson, SS

Jose Peraza, 2B

Austin Riley, 3B

Tomas Nido, C

Guillermo Heredia, CF

Taijuan Walker, P

Jeff Mathis, C

Johneshwy Vargas, CF

Max Fried, P

Who is starting for the Mets?

Taijuan Walker, who allowed just one run on four hits over seven innings against the Orioles last week. The right-hander has struck out 39 hitters over 41 innings and has a stellar 2.20 ERA over seven starts this season.

Who is starting for the Braves?

Max Fried, who spent the second half of April on the injured list before returning to the mound on May 5. He's allowed two runs in 11 innings in his two starts since being activated. On the season, the left-hander has a 6.55 ERA.

Upcoming schedule

The Mets and Braves will be back in action on Tuesday at 7:20 p.m. on SNY.

Charlie Morton will start for the Braves, while the Mets have not yet announced their pitching plan.