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Mets vs. Braves: 3 things to know, how to watch, and what to expect when NL East rivals face off in Atlanta

The most important series of the 2022 MLB regular season takes place this weekend at Trust Park. The defending World Series champions Atlanta Braves have hosted NL East rival New York his Mets over his three games with the division title at stake. The two clubs are practically side by side for several weeks.

Top of the NL East standings. With the Marlins, Nationals and Phillies already out of the division race, it’s down to his next two teams.

  1. Mets: 98-58
  2. Braves: 97-59 (1GB)

Wednesday was a big day for the NL East race. The Mets erased his 4-0 deficit to beat the Marlins, and the Braves lost to the bottom-ranked Nationals in his 10th inning. After several hours the Braves and Mets looked set to enter this series with the same record, Eduardo Escobar led the comeback of the Amedine Mets.

Mets right-hander Taijuan Walker told after Wednesday’s win, “We try not to look at the scoreboard, but we’re on par with them with six games left this season. We’re here too.” “We won the game, it’s so big.”

Note that both the Braves and Mets have already qualified for the postseason. The NL East winner will be the No. 2 seed and earn a wild card bye for his series. While the runner-up plays a best-of-three wildcard series, they go straight to his NLDS, but host all three games. Skipping an entire round is huge, so there’s obviously great value in a bye.

Here are the details for the huge 3-game series at Truist Park this weekend. Stream games from MLB Network, Fox and ESPN on fuboTV (try it for free).

Friday, September 30th

7:20 PM ET

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

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Saturday, October 1st

7:20 PM ET

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


Sunday, October 2nd

7:08 PM ET

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


You couldn’t ask for a better pitching matchup (At least while Spencer Strider is on the injured list). The Braves pushed Freed back earlier this week to put him in the lineup for this series, and the Mets rearranged their rotation to allow deGrom to start the season opener. Each team will start in the top three this weekend. With both clubs having a day off on Thursday, both bullpens will be well rested heading into the series. It’s really like a postseason series.

“It’s going to be a really exciting series,” Braves center fielder Michael Harris II told Wednesday. “Going into the series, we still feel good, even though we lost[on Wednesday]. east.”

We’ve included three things you need to know about this very important series at Truist Park this weekend, plus a good prediction.

1. The weather is OK

MLB has created a contingency plan in case of Hurricane Ianwas originally scheduled to hit Georgia on Friday, but disrupted the series this weekend. Luckily, the weather forecast is improving and storms don’t seem to be a problem.

MLB considered postponing Friday’s game to the afternoon to avoid a storm that night, and postponing Saturday’s game in Sunday’s doubleheader. Yes, but it doesn’t seem necessary at this time. You can play in 3 games as scheduled.

2. Current situation

Oh, just the NL East title. The Mets have a solid shot at winning the division title this weekend. The Braves cannot. Here are all the potential outcomes of this weekend’s series:

  • Mets sweep: The Mets will win the NL East title on Sunday.
  • Mets win 3-2: The Mets are leading by two games with the magic number one.
  • Braves win 3-2: The score is tied at 99 wins and 60 losses, but the tie break is held by the Mets.
  • Braves sweep: The Braves are two games ahead with the magic number one.

Unless the Mets are wiped out, they will have the series in control of their own destiny. not. The season series has been pretty even so far, with the Mets leading 9-7 even though he’s ahead 76-67.

After this weekend’s series, the Mets will return home for three games against the Nationals and the Braves will travel to Miami for three games against the Marlins. Both teams are regulars closing out his season with his three games, putting one foot in the batter’s box and the other on the plane for off-season vacations, to face bad teams, so real schedule imbalances. there is no.

3. Who’s hot and who’s not

The long marathon in the regular season is up to the sprint. At this point, it’s not necessarily about which team has the best players, it’s about which team has the hottest players. Timing is everything in this sport. Here are his three Mets his players who have been in this series and performed well in the last 14 days.

Escobar has been a disappointment for most of the regular season, but the last few weeks have been bad. The Mets are averaging 6.1 runs per game over the past 10 games as the Mets head into the weekend, but those numbers have ballooned a bit after beating the Athletics, Marlins and Pirates. Still, there’s nothing wrong with building confidence against a bad team.The Mets have been swinging well lately.

Here are the three Braves players who have uncovered the ball in the last 14 days.

Atlanta’s hottest hitter hasn’t been as hot as New York’s hottest hitter in the past two weeks. In fact, they have some key players in a serious slump. Matt Olson has been one of the worst hitters in baseball in recent weeks. The midfield infield combination of Dansby Swanson and Vaughan Grissom has also really struggled over the last 14 days.

Mets outfielder Sterling Marte and Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies will miss the series with a broken finger after the former was hit by a ball and the latter slid hard into second base. Albies, one of the best players and previously sidelined for nearly three months with a broken leg, could make a difference.

4. Forecast

We conclude with a prediction. The official CBS Sports prediction for this weekend’s series: Braves win 3-2I selfishly want the NL East race to end and I admit this is a hope not a prediction as Atlanta winning 2 out of 3 is the best outcome for the biggest drama . Also, the Mets are oddly 9-8 at deGrom, and Scherzer has both started since returning from the disabled list. They are formidable, but not invincible.