Jacob deGrom is back in action, ready to power his New York Mets to bring out the brooms, and sweep the Atlanta Braves

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  • Atlanta Braves (4-13)
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  • Turner Field, Atlanta, GA

By Jeremy Fialkow

Who’s ready for some deGromination today?

Third year RHP Jacob deGrom makes his long awaited return to the best starting rotation alive on Sunday, as the New York Mets look to sweep a three game divisional series with the Atlanta Braves.

The man with lushes locks (other than Noah Syndergaard) won New York’s home debut, April 8th, against the Philadelphia Phillies. He limited the Phils to one run on five hits in six outstanding innings of work

He hasn’t played since that initial game due to complication with his newborn son and a sore lat muscle.

Now, these things are nothing to worry about anymore for Jacob, as he readies for the spotlight once again. At least, whatever spotlight the three-win Braves’ fanbase can provide. Much is expected this season of New York’s 27-year-old pitching-staff leader (if only in age, sin Bartolo), who boasts a career 2.59 ERA.

The 2015 All-Star will oppose Braves prospect pitcher Aaron Blaire, who is making his major league debut. The 23-year-old was a first round pick, traded by the Arizona Diamondbacks this past winter.

Entering their final game of a nine-contest road trip, the Mets have a 6-2 record, looking to give themselves a seventh win on the trip, and eighth win in their past ten games.

According to ESPN’s Adam Rubin, superstar slugging centerfielder Yoenis Cespedes will take his second day off, while nursing a contused thigh, which he aggravated on Friday’s game while sliding into second base.

Additionally, David Wright will take the day off, for no reason other than his spinal stenosis condition, which, everyone can agree is very reasonable. The Captain doubled twice in yesterday’s game.

In Wright’s place will be newly minted super-utility man Wilmer Flores, ready to man any base when his name his called. This time, it will be at third.

Can the Metropolitans complete their first sweep of 2016? Tune in, and find out.

Jeremy Fialkow was born and raised in Miami, FLA, but currently studies at the University of Maryland. When he's not studying hard, he can be found supporting his sometimes hopeless NY teams: Knicks, Mets, Jets, and Isles. Your sympathy is appreciated.