After a walk-off, two-run home run by first baseman Freddie Freeman gave the Atlanta Braves a 2-1 win over the New York Mets in the early hours of Tuesday morning, capping a frustrating rain delay followed by a quiet first eight innings, the Braves continued their five-game home stand with their National League East division rivals with a doubleheader that began less than 12 hours later.
Unfortunately, the day did not end as well as it started for Atlanta, which was swept in the twin bill, losing 4-3 in the opener and 6-1 in the nightcap. They’ll look to reverse their fortunes on Wednesday, however, and even the series at two games apiece.
For that to happen, starting pitcher Kris Medlen will need to bounce back from a rocky start his last time out when he surrendered four runs on nine hits in six innings. Although he struck out four and didn’t issue any walks, he allowed his ninth homer of the season, which is already more than the six he gave up last year.
All the onus shouldn’t be placed on Medlen, though. After all, he receives some of the worst run support in the MLB, which continued in the aforementioned outing, a 6-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants.
The Braves must score to win — and it’s altogether likely that their success could depend on whether they hit a long ball or not. Atlanta is 38-9 in games with a homer and 4-22 in games without a homer.
In this case, it may be go deep or go home.