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Braves beat Mets in pivotal 3-game series opener to tie for top spot in NL East

The Atlanta Braves defeated the New York Mets 5-2 (box score) in the first set of a three-game set Friday night to tie for first place in the National League East. The Braves entered the contest behind the Mets in their division game. Whichever team wins, he gets a first-round bye by having the second-best record in the NL.

The Braves fell behind early Friday and the Mets led 1–0 in the second inning. However, Atlanta fought back in the frame half, with back-to-back home runs from Austin Riley and Matt Olson to give the Braves his 2–1 advantage. It was the first time since June 2019 that deGrom has hit back-to-back home runs. According to ESPN Stats & Info(Coincidentally, that game was also against Atlanta.)

Dansby Swanson hit a home run in the sixth to put the Braves ahead 3-1. It proves to be the last frame of deGrom. He allowed 5 hits, 3 runs, and no walks in 6 innings before leaving with blisters.He finished with 11 strikeouts on 86 pitches.

The Mets’ bullpen then spewed out a few more runs, and Tomás Nid’s homer in the second half wasn’t enough to keep the Braves from signing a deal and creating a log jam at the top of the NL East.

Here are four things you should know about the Braves and Mets.

1. Sick and early frying leaves

Against deGrom on Friday night was Max Freed, a left-hander likely to win the Cy Young Award this winter. I let go. Alas, he had to leave the game early after just 71 pitches after falling ill in the dugout.

2. Alvarez makes MLB debut

Before Friday’s game, the Mets were, if not the best remaining prospect in the minors. catcher Francisco AlvarezThe Mets put Alvarez in the lineup Friday night as DH, but he didn’t make a memorable debut. Instead, he went 4-0 and left seven runners, including three in the top of the ninth. oh well. CBS Sports covered today what he brings to the club and why he is so highly regarded in the industry.

3. The tiebreak does not favor the Braves

It’s worth remembering that Major League Baseball has eliminated tie-break games this season as part of its move to an expanded postseason. After that, all ties are dissolved by a series of measures. The first tiebreaker is the Season Series results. Even with Friday night’s win, the Mets have won nine of his 17 games, so the Braves are on the other side of the ledger in that regard. The Braves would have to sweep the series to get the tiebreak.

4. Wright vs Scherzer Showdown

The two will meet again on Saturday, with breakout right-hander Kyle Wright taking on ace Max Scherzer. Wright will appear in his first 29 games this season with a 3.18 ERA. Scherzer has a 2.13 ERA in 22 starts. The winner of this contest will monopolize his first place in that night’s division.