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Can Mike Pelfrey end the Mets' skid?

The Mets will look to Mike Pelfrey (4-1, 3.14 ERA) to stop a five-game losing streak tonight in Atlanta.

After the four-game sweep in Florida, the Mets have slipped into last place in the NL East, a half game behind the Braves.

Pelfrey hasn't won since April 25, but that win came against the Braves (1-0). Pelfrey lasted only five innings and had an alarming five walks.

In fact, Pelfrey hasn't gotten out of the sixth inning in three of his last four starts.

He's 3-5 with a 5.58 ERA in his career against the Braves.

Only Chipper Jones and Brian McCann have somewhat of a history against Pelfrey. Jones is hitting .333 with two home runs in 18 career at-bats against Pelfrey. McCann has been even better, hitting .444 in 27 at-bats with a home run and seven RBI.

Meanwhile, Derek Lowe (5-3, 5.73 ERA), tonight's starter for Atlanta, has struggled all season. He hasn't made it to the seventh inning in any of his starts this season. Lowe did, however, pitch well in the last start, allowing two earned runs in six innings to beat the Milwaukee Brewers.

Lowe, like Pelfrey against the Braves, hasn't had a lot of success against the Mets. He is just 3-3 with a 7.61 ERA. David Wright is hitting .438 in 16 career at-bats against Lowe. Luis Castillo is hitting an eye-popping .533 in 15 at-bats. On the opposite end, Jason Bay is 0 for 13 against Lowe and Jeff Francoeur is hitting just .217 in 23 at-bats, but he does a have a home run.

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