Braves Face Mets Young Guns Tuesday

Mets Matt Harvey

Matt Harvey has been a top NL hurler this season

Turner Field will showcase three young guns on Tuesday as the Atlanta Braves’  Alex Wood, and the New York Mets’ Zach Wheeler and Matt Harvey, will be on display in the split doubleheader.

Wood will make his first major league start in the 1:10 game against Matt Harvey, while Atlanta native Zach Wheeler will make his major league debut against the Braves Paul Maholm in the nightcap at 7:10.

Harvey has been one of the top pitchers in the National League so far this season.  The former UNC hurler has a 5-1 record, with a sparkling 2.04 ERA.  He has struck out 102 hitters in 97 innings, while walking only 20.  The Braves missed Harvey in both series the teams played earlier in the season.

Wood was called up to Atlanta on May 30 and has made six appearances, all in relief.  He has a 3.52 ERA in 7 2/3 innings with 9 strikeouts and 4 walks.  Wood made 23 appearance in the minors, all starts.

The 6’4″ 185-pound Wheeler was born in Smyrna, GA and graduated from East Paulding, High School.  He was rated as the eighth best minor league prospect heading into the 2013 season by highly regarded Baseball America.  Wheeler started 13 games this season for Triple-A Las Vegas in the Pacific Coast League and logged a 4-2 record, with a 3.93 ERA.  He struck out 73, while walking 27, in 68 2/3 innings.

Wood and Wheeler are 23, Harvey is 24.