Mets News: Taijuan Walker returns from the IL to start vs. Braves Saturday at 7:15 p.m.

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Mets Taijuan Walker pitches blue uniform
Mets Taijuan Walker pitches blue uniform

The Mets (24-20, 1st in NL East) are back at it against the Atlanta Braves (24-25, 3rd in NL East) on Saturday at 7:15 p.m. at Citi Field.

Mets Notes

With Taijuan Walker set to be activated from the injured list prior to the game, RHP Yennsy Diaz was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse... The Mets have allowed three runs or fewer in their last eight home games, their longest such stretch since 2015... Friday's postponement was the Mets' league-leading eighth game that has been postponed this season. Their 44 games played are also the fewest in the league.

Braves

Mets

Ronald Acuna Jr., RF

Jonathan Villar, 3B

Freddie Freeman, 1B

Francisco Lindor, SS

Ozzie Albies, 2B

James McCann, 1B

Austin Riley, 3B

Dominic Smith, LF

Dansby Swanson, SS

Tomas Nido, C

Ehire Adrianza, LF

Billy McKinney, RF

William Contreras, C

Jose Peraza, 2B

Guillermo Heredia, CF

Cameron Maybin, CF

Ian Anderson, P

Taijuan Walker, P

Who is starting for the Mets?

Taijuan Walker, who will make his return to the roster after missing his last start with left side tightness. In eight starts this season, Walker has pitched to a 3-1 record with a 2.05 ERA, striking out 41 hitters and walking 18 over 44 innings.

Who is starting for the Braves?

Ian Anderson, who has allowed two runs or fewer in four of his last six starts. Making his 16th career MLB start, Anderson has faced just two active Mets hitters, Dominic Smith (three at-bats) Billy McKinney (one at-bat).

Upcoming schedule

The Mets and Braves will complete their rain-shortened series on Sunday at 7:08 p.m.

Jacob deGrom will face Max Fried (2-2, 4.63 ERA).