Christian Scott Set to Make MLB Debut

New York Mets right-hander Christian Scott believes the only difference between his first major league start last week and his second outing on Saturday will be the presence of the home crowd. Scott is set to make his New York debut when he opposes the Atlanta Braves in the middle contest of a three-game series.

Scott (0-0, 1.35 ERA) is scheduled to start against Braves left-hander Max Fried (2-1, 4.23). The Braves won the series opener Friday night, when Ronald Acuna Jr., Ozzie Albies and Matt Olson provided all of Atlanta's runs with third-inning homers in a 4-2 victory.

Scott, who was promoted to the Mets after going 3-0 with a 3.20 ERA in five starts this year for Triple-A Syracuse, opened his big league career in impressive fashion on May 4. He held the Tampa Bay Rays to one run while striking out six over 6 2/3 innings in the Mets' 3-1 loss in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Scott, a 24-year-old Florida native, pitched in front of plenty of family members and friends when he faced the Rays. On Saturday, he expects to see thousands of Mets fans curious to see the team's top pitching prospect perform for the first time in person. A rookie pitcher developed by New York hasn't thrown 100 innings since Robert Gsellman tossed 119 2/3 innings in 2017.

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