Atlanta is in a stretch of 13 consecutive games against National League East opponents, and the Braves have taken three of those first four games. As they continue to roll toward the postseason, the Braves are in prime position to build on their already-large lead atop the division and cruise through the final month of the season.
Especially if they continue to hit like they did Monday against Daisuke Matsuzaka and the Mets.
Atlanta's offense erupted for 13 runs and 17 hits to take the first game of the series against New York. The Braves are now 28-9 over their last 37 games.
The Braves will look to add to that impressive mark on Tuesday when they hand the ball to Kris Medlen.
The 27-year-old right-hander is looking to continue a string of strong performances. Medlen has allowed one run or fewer in three of his last four starts. In his last start, against the Indians, Medlen pitched seven shutout innings.
"It's one of those things where, I feel like I've honestly clicked for the whole month of August, not exactly how I wanted," Medlen said after his last start. "But I'm not walking guys and I'm being aggressive. That's the me that I know."
The Mets will be looking to Carlos Torres to help them stop their two-game skid on Tuesday night. Torres is coming off an outstanding start against the Phillies, when he allowed only one run on four hits over 6 2/3 innings.
Torres has gone back and forth between the rotation and the bullpen, but last Thursday was his first start replacing Matt Harvey.
Aside from forgetting to go back to the windup with no runners on base instead of the stretch, Torres said there weren't too many adjustments to make. But there is still one he wants to accomplish.
"As a starter, instead of trying to strike everybody out or trying to refine pitches, you've got to make them hit the ball," Torres said after his last start. "And that was the adjustment I've got to make."
Braves: Loe back in Major Leagues
Atlanta selected the contract of Kameron Loe from Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday to add a long reliever to the bullpen. On Sunday, Freddy Garcia shut out the Marlins over 4 2/3 innings in relief, so Loe gives the Braves two long relievers.
Loe signed with Atlanta in May after pitching with the Mariners and Cubs earlier this season. He was 1-1 with a 10.80 ERA in four appearances with Seattle, and had a 5.40 ERA in seven appearances with Chicago.
He had one earlier stint with the Braves, pitching in two games and allowing three runs on five hits over 2 2/3 innings.
In 27 games (10 starts) with Gwinnett, Loe went 4-4 with two saves and a 3.07 ERA. Now he finds himself back in the Major Leagues as Atlanta looks to officially lock up the division.
"It's awesome," Loe said. "It's a real privilege for me to come up here and help this team out. Being with a first-place team, I'm really excited and really honored to be here."
Mets: Signing of Harang bolsters pitching depth
The Mets signed pitcher Aaron Harang to a Minor League contract Sunday night to give them another arm for their rotation in the final month of the season. New York assigned Harang to Triple-A Las Vegas, which begins the Pacific Coast League playoffs on Friday.
The 35-year-old right-hander went 5-11 with a 5.76 ERA with Seattle this season. The Mariners designated him for assignment before releasing him on Sunday.
By signing Harang, the Mets could fill several needs. They play a doubleheader on Sept. 14 against Miami, and manager Terry Collins said Monday that Harang is a candidate to start one of those two games.
"I just think we've got to protect ourselves," Collins said.
Also, the Mets are trying to limit Zack Wheeler's innings toward the end of the season. Harang could give New York another arm to keep Wheeler spaced out. If Daisuke Matsuzaka continues to struggle, Harang gives the Mets another option for the rotation.
• Atlanta's Chris Johnson went 2-for-4 on Monday to raise his batting average to .334.
• New York's Daniel Murphy finished Monday's game 1-for-4. The second baseman now has 12 hits in his last 23 at-bats, and is on a seven-game hitting streak.
• The Braves' B.J. Upton, who's struggled at the plate for much of the season, was 2-for-4 on Monday. That came two days after he was 4-for-6 in Atlanta's win over Miami on Saturday.