The Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 5-2 on Friday night (aggregate) in the first of three games, creating a National League Eastern tie. The Braves entered the competition trailing the Mets in divisional play. Whichever team wins, by virtue of having the second-best record in the NL, will get a bye in the first round.
Early Friday, the Braves fell behind, with the Mets leading 1-0 in the second inning. However, Atlanta responded in their own half of the frame when Austin Riley and Matt Olson hit back-to-back home runs to give the Braves a 2-1 lead. For the first time since June 2019, deGrom gave up back-to-back home runs. according to ESPN statistics and information. (Coincidentally, this game was also against Atlanta.)
The Braves didn’t finish with a first hit on deGrom as Dansby Swanson hit his own home run in the sixth to go 3–1 up. It turned out to be the last frame of deGrom, as he walked away with a blister after allowing three runs on five hits and no walks for six innings.. He finished with 11 strikeouts in 86 fields.
The Mets’ bullpen subsequently coughed up a few more runs, and Thomas Nido’s late home run wasn’t enough to stop the Braves from making a deal and creating a jam at the top of the NL East.
Here are four more things to know about the Braves and Mets.
1. Roasted leaves early in sickness
Opposing de Grom on Friday night was southpaw Max Fried, who is likely to win the Cy Young Award this winter. Fried pitched well, keeping the Mets on four hits and clearing three in five innings. Alas, he had to leave the game early, after only 71 innings, after he fell ill in the dugout.
2. Alvarez makes his MLB debut
Before Friday’s game, the Mets called up one of, if not the best, remaining juniors.. The Mets included Alvarez as their DH on Friday night, but he didn’t have a memorable debut. Instead, he went 0-for-4 and left seven runners on base, including three in the top of the ninth inning. Well. CBS Sports previously talked about what he brings to the club and why he is so well regarded in the industry.
3. Tie-break might not be in favor of the Braves
It’s worth remembering that Major League Baseball has ditched tiebreakers this season as part of the transition to an extended playoff. Thus, all ties will be broken by a series of measures. The first tie-break is the end of the series of the season. Even with Friday night’s win, the Braves are on the wrong side of the ledger in this regard, as the Mets have won nine of 17 contests. The Braves would have to win the series to get a tiebreak.
4. Wright, Scherzer to fight
The two sides will meet again on Saturday when breakout right-hander Kyle Wright takes on ace Max Scherzer. Wright will come in with a 3.18 ERA in his first 29 appearances this season. Scherzer, for his part, has a 2.13 ERA in 22 starts. The winner of this competition will solely own first place in the division for the night.