The Atlanta Braves head to New York for a three-game weekend series, looking to take advantage of the Mets' recent woes.
After Thursday's game, the NL East-leading Braves (48-34) held an 11-game lead over the third-place Mets (37-45). New York us on a five-game losing streak, and will return to Citi Field after being swept by the Phillies in a four-game series in Philadelphia.
Atlanta is 4-3 on its road trip after splitting a four-game series with the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs.
The Braves' bats have cooled away from SunTrust Park.
Heading into Thursday's game, no Braves starter was hitting over .300 for the road trip. First baseman Freddie Freeman was hitting .292, but it fell off from there to second baseman Ozzie Albies, who was at .261. Nick Markakis was the only other starter to be hitting as much as .240 for the trip.
The Mets' Jeff McNeil has not had that problem, having hit .407 with two homers and nine RBIs over the last week. Rookie first baseman Pete Alonso was nearly as hot, hitting .365 with three homers and four RBIs.
The weekend series will end a 10-game road trip for the Braves, who will return to SunTrust Park on Tuesday for a pair of three-game series against Philadelphia and the Miami Marlins to finish play before the All-Star break.
Friday's game could be one of the featured pitching matchups of the season as Mike Soroka (8-1, 2.07 ERA) faces off against the Mets' Jacob deGrom (4-6, 3.25).
Soroka's last start was cut short when he was hit in his right arm by a line drive after throwing two shutout innings against the Washington Nationals.
DeGrom got a no-decision against the Cubs his last time out after throwing six innings and allowing two runs. In his previous start, the Mets' ace dominated the Braves by pitching shutout ball into the ninth inning of a 10-2 win June 18 at SunTrust Park.
Julio Teheran (5-6, 3.94) will try to get things turned around Saturday. Teheran has had two rough outings, in which his ERA has ballooned from 2.92 to 3.94. He has given up 13 runs and 17 hits in his last eight innings.
New York with counter with left-hander Steven Matz, who is in a similar funk. Matz (5-6, 4.85) has allowed 12 runs of 16 hits in his last 9 1/3 innings.
Sunday's prime-time matchup is expected to pit the Braves' Max Fried (9-3, 3.96) against the Mets' Noah Syndergaard (5-4, 4.55).
ON THE AIR
The first two games of the series will be broadcast by Fox Sports South at 7 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively. Sunday's game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN at 7 p.m. All three games can be heard on the radio at 680 AM The Fan and Rock 100.5 FM.