New York (23-23) at Atlanta (26-19)

  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Wed May 25, 2005
  • TV: MSG, FSS
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The New York Mets will be trying to avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of the rival Atlanta Braves when they play the series finale at Turner Field.

New York will send right-hander Victor Zambrano to the mound. He has allowed three earned runs or less in all but one of his eight starts for the Mets this season, but command problems have led to a lot of baserunners, high pitch counts and early exits from games.

He’s walked 31 batters and allowed 48 hits in his 43 1-3 innings this season.

“Victor’s been up and down, to say the least,” New York manager Willie Randolph said. “That’s just the way he pitches. He can struggle with his control … but he can get out of some tough jams.”

He had some promising results in his last start, allowing two earned runs and four hits with four strikeouts 5 1-3 innings against the Yankees on Friday night, but he also walked six, and allowed the leadoff batter to reach base in four innings and was on the short end of a 5-2 defeat.

Atlanta, which won 4-0 on Tuesday night, will counter with rookie right-hander Kyle Davies, who’s coming off an impressive major league debut.

The 21-year-old Davies allowed four hits in five scoreless innings—ending his evening by striking out slugger Manny Ramirez with runners at first and third—and the Braves won 7-5 Saturday.

The Braves were so impressed, and are so strapped for starters with both John Thomson and Mike Hampton on the disabled list, that Davies will be pitching on three days’ rest when he faces New York.

“That’s fine,” said the rookie, who claimed the steady rain didn’t bother him, “Go out there and attack it Wednesday.”

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Starting Pitchers

V. Zambrano NYY vs. K. Davies NYY
7-12 Record 7-6
4.17 ERA 4.93
112 K 62
77 BB 49
1.48 WHIP 1.68