Originally written on Atlanta Bullpen  |  Last updated 10/21/14
For only the second time in the past seven games, Braves rookie Evan Gattis will get a start.  Gattis will bat fifth and catch against the New York Mets and their starter, Dillon Gee, Monday night. Gattis did not start a game in the just completed weekend series against the San Francisco Giants.  His last start was five days ago against the Padres in San Diego. Despite winning the NL Rookie of the Month for both April and May, Gattis has only had 21 at bats in June.  When you prorate the numbers, that is well under the 76 at bats Gattis had in April and the 63 he had in May. Even though he didn’t start against the Giants this past weekend, Gattis had perhaps the key at bat in the series.  With the Braves down 5-4 in the ninth inning Saturday night, Gattis strode to the plate with one out and nobody on.  Sergio Romo, the Giants closer, then proceeded to pitch Gattis very carefully which resulted in a five pitch walk. Reed Johnson pinch ran for Gattis and scored the tying run.  Then Braves then went on to win the game 6-5 when Freddie Freeman singled in Andrelton Simmons with two out.  Had Gattis not gotten on base, things would have been bleak with two outs and nobody on base.  The Braves proceeded to carry that momentum gained Saturday night, into Sunday night’s game, as they took the series, 2-1, from the Giants with a 3-0 win. Braves outfielder Justin Upton talked about the momentum gained by Saturday night’s come from behind victory. “We picked ourselves up last night and battled back for a win and that gave us a little bit of momentum going into today and we swung the bats pretty well, put up some runs and Julio pitched well,”  Upton said. The post Gattis Gets Start Against Mets appeared first on Atlanta Bullpen.
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