Mets vs. Braves Preview: Game #88 — R.A. Dickey vs. Tommy Hanson

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Tonight's game notes, courtesy of @Mets.

Teams: Mets vs. Braves
Date: Saturday, July 14, 2012 • 4:05 p.m.
Location: Turner Field • Atlanta, GA
Starters: RHP R.A. Dickey (12-1, 2.40) vs. RHP Tommy Hanson (10-5, 3.71)
Info: Game #88 • Road Game #42

Starting Lineup

Ruben Tejada - SS
Jordany Valdespin - LF
David Wright - 3B
Ike Davis - 1B
Daniel Murphy - 2B
Kirk Nieuwenhuis - RF
Josh Thole - C
Andres Torres - CF
R.A. Dickey - RHP

METS AT A GLANCE: The Mets have lost two straight games and are 5-5 in their last 10 games.

ON THE ROAD: New York is 20-21 on the road this year...The Mets have won four of their last six road contests and are 7-4 in their last 11 games away from Citi Field...David Wright leads the majors with a .395 road batting average.

DAY BASEBALL: The Mets are 21-12 during day games this year...The 21 wins are tied for the second-most in the majors with Cincinnati and San Francisco...Detroit is first with 24 wins...David Wright leads the majors with a .384 batting average during the day while Daniel Murphy is third in the NL with a .360 mark in day action.

SATURDAY: Daniel Murphy owns the third-best batting average (.420) in the majors on Saturdays (min. 30 at-bats) this year...Texas’ Adrian Beltre is first (.453) and Atlanta’s Michael Bourn is second (.431)...New York is 10-4 on Saturday’s this year...The 10 wins are tied for the thirdmost in the majors.

DILLON GEE: Underwent surgery yesterday on his right shoulder to replace a portion of a damaged artery...The surgery, which went as expected, was performed by Dr. Robert Thompson in St. Louis..Dillon is expected to be discharged from the hospital either Tuesday or Wednesday...Dillon’s return to throwing and other baseball activity is undetermined.

SLUGGING: Daniel Murphy owns a .482 career slugging percentage after the All-Star break compared to a .404 mark before the break ...Among active players with 500 plate appearances both before and after the All-Star break, only three players have a larger post-break increase in slugging: Ryan Raburn (.367 before/.497 after), Troy Tulowitzki (.459 before/.555 after) and Adam LaRoche (.442 before/.536 after).

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