New York (70-68) at Atlanta (80-59)

Mostly Cloudy Currently: Atlanta, GA
Temp: 88° F
  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Wed Sep 7, 2005
  • TV: ESPN2, FSS
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The Atlanta Braves are doing what they do best: Beating the New York Mets at Turner Field in September.

Atlanta looks to continue crushing the postseason hopes of its division rival when the teams complete a three-game series.

Since 1997, the Braves are 50-20 all-time against the Mets at Turner Field, including a September record of 20-6, which includes a 3-1 win over New York on Tuesday night.

Braves ace John Smoltz outpitched Pedro Martinez, and Andruw Jones drove in two runs as Atlanta got its second straight win over the Mets.

Facing Martinez for the third time this season, Smoltz won his second straight in the matchup of former Cy Young Award winners. Smoltz allowed seven hits and one run in seven innings, walking one and striking out two.

The Braves, who hold a 6 1/2 -game lead in the NL East, improved to 11-4 against the Mets this season, and have won five of six overall. They also dropped the Mets four games behind wild card-leading Houston.

Tim Hudson will be looking to win his fifth straight start for Atlanta. He beat Cincinnati 7-4 on Friday despite matching his career high with 12 hits allowed in 6 1-3 innings. Coming off consecutive complete games, he gave up four runs, but improved to 5-2 since the end of June.

Hudson hasn’t allowed a run in 14 innings against the Mets this season.

Former Braves left-hander Tom Glavine, who has been pitching very well since the All-Star break, will counter for the Mets.

Glavine has posted an impressive 2.61 ERA in 10 starts during the second half of the season, but only has a 4-5 record to show for it as the Mets have scored just seven runs in the five losses.

In the last 12 games, the light-hitting Mets are just 23-for-143 (.161) with men on base.

Starting Pitchers

T. Glavine Atl vs. T. Hudson SF
13-13 Record 14-9
3.53 ERA 3.52
105 K 115
61 BB 65
1.36 WHIP 1.35