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Mets vs. Braves: Three things to know, how to watch and what we predict as NL East rivals meet in Atlanta

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The most important series of the 2022 MLB regular season will take place this weekend at Truist Park. The defending World Series champion Atlanta Braves will host the NL East New York Mets in three games, with the division title on the line. The two clubs have been practically side by side in the standings for several weeks now.

Here is the top of the NL East standings. The Marlins, Nationals and Phillies have already dropped out of the division race, so it’s up to these two teams:

  1. Metz: 98-58
  2. Withstand: 97–59 (1 GB)
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Wednesday was a big day for the NL East race. The Mets cleared a 4-0 deficit to beat the Marlins, while the Braves succumbed to the lowly Nationals in 10 innings. For hours it looked like the Braves and Mets would enter this streak with the same record, then Eduardo Escobar led the Amazin’ Mets comeback.

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“You try not to look at the scoreboard, but where we are in the season, there are six games left, head to head with these guys, we are also looking here.” Right Mets Taijuan Walker told after Wednesday’s win. “We won the game, it’s huge.”

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It should be noted that both the Braves and the Mets have already secured a spot in the postseason. The winner of the NL East will become the #2 seed and receive a bye to the Wild Card series. They go straight to the NLDS while the runner-up is stuck in a best-of-three Wild Card Series, although they will go all three games. Obviously, goodbye has tremendous value, as skipping an entire round is huge.

Here are the details of the huge three-game series taking place this weekend at Truist Park. Games on MLB Network, Fox and ESPN can be streamed on fuboTV (try for free).

DateStart timeStarting pitchersTelevision

Friday, September 30

7:20 pm ET

LHP Max Fried (13-7, 2.50) vs. RHP Jacob deGrom (5-3, 2.93)

Bally Sports Southeast, SNY, MLB

Sat, October 1

7:20 pm ET

Kyle Wright (20-5, 3.18) vs. Max Scherzer (11-4, 2.13)


Sun, October 2

7:08 pm ET

RHP Chris Bassitt (15-8, 3.27) vs. RHP Charlie Morton (9-6, 4.29)


Could you ask for better innings matches?at least while Spencer Strider is on the wounded list). Earlier this week, the Braves pushed Freed back to line him up for this series, and the Mets changed their rotation to allow deGrom to start the first game. Each team starts their top three this weekend, and since both clubs had a day off on Thursday, both bullpen will be well rested before the series starts. It’s like a post-season series, really.

“It’s going to be a really exciting series.” Braves center fielder Michael Harris II told on Wednesday.. “Going into the series, we still feel good despite the loss (Wednesday). We’re trying to get out there, take the series and win the rest of the games to take first place in the tournament. East.”

Here are three things to know about this weekend’s hugely important series at Truist Park, with the prediction thrown in for good measure.

1. The weather must be fine

MLB prepared contingency plans for Hurricane Jan, which was originally supposed to hit Georgia sometime on Friday, derailed the series this weekend. Luckily, the forecast has improved and it looks like the storm won’t be a problem.

MLB considered moving the Friday game to the afternoon to avoid a storm that night, and moving the Saturday game due to the Sunday doubleheader. The weather is unpredictable and could still change, but there doesn’t seem to be a need for that right now. They will be able to play three games as planned.

2. What’s at stake

Oh, just the NL East title. The Mets could indeed clinch the division title this weekend. The brave cannot. Here are all the possible outcomes of this weekend’s series:

  • Metz sweep: On Sunday, the Mets claimed the NL East title.
  • The Mets win two out of three: The Mets have two games with the magic number one.
  • Braves win two out of three: Draw with a record of 99-60, but the Mets hold the tiebreak.
  • The brave ones sweep: The daredevils are playing two games with the magic number one.

Until the Mets are crushed, they will leave the show in control of their destiny. The Braves need to win at least two of three games this weekend to have a realistic shot at their fifth consecutive NL East title. The season streak to date has been fairly even, with the Mets holding a 9–7 lead despite trailing 76–67.

After this weekend’s series, the Mets return home for three games against the Nationals, while the Braves head to Miami for three games against the Marlins. There’s no real scheduling imbalance as both will end their regular seasons with three games against a bad team that will have one foot in the batter’s box and the other in the plane for the off-season. vacation.

3. Who is cool, who is not

The long marathon of the regular season is reduced to a sprint. At the moment, what matters is not which team has the best players, but which team has the hottest players. Timing is everything in this sport. Here are three Mets players who enter this streak with good numbers over the last 14 days:


Pete Alonso





Francis Lindor





Brandon Nimmo





Escobar, after a mostly disappointing regular season, has also been in good form over the past few weeks. The Mets are heading into the weekend, averaging 6.1 runs per game in their last 10 games, though wins over the Athletics, Marlins and Pirates push those numbers up a bit. However, there is nothing wrong with building confidence against bad teams. The Mets have been swinging well lately.

Now here are three Braves players who have ripped the cover off the ball in the past 14 days:


Ronald Acuna Jr.





William Contreras





Eddie Rosario





Atlanta’s top hitters haven’t been as hot as New York’s hottest players over the past two weeks, and in fact they have some important players mired in a deep slump. Matt Olson has been one of the worst baseball players in the last few weeks. and the mid-infield combination Dansby Swanson and Vaughn Grissom have also really struggled in the last 14 days.

Mets outfielder Starling Marte and Braves second baseman Ozzy Albis will miss this series with broken fingers after the former was hit by a pitch and the latter slid heavily to second base. Marte has been one of New York’s best players this season, while Albis, who previously missed nearly three months with a broken leg, could make the difference.

The Mets also made a surprise move late Thursday night, reportedly. challenge for promising Francisco Alvarez, he is expected to play at-bats against left-handers as a DH. The 20-year-old catcher hit .260/.374/.511 with 27 home runs in 130 games split between the Double-A and Triple-A levels this season, so he could improve Darin Ruf noticeably.

4. Forecast

We’re going to end with a forecast, why not? CBS Sports official prediction for this weekend’s series: Braves won two out of three. I admit this is more of a hope than a prediction because I selfishly wish the NL East race was over and Atlanta’s two out of three win is the best result for maximum drama. Also, the Mets are oddly only 9-8 in the start of de Grom and Scherzer, as both have returned from the injured list. They are formidable, but not invincible.


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