They meet again! After the Mets took four out of five from the Braves last weekend at Citi Field to help expand their NL East division lead. The Mets will now head into Atlanta for a four game series against a Braves team that has won six straight games.
Mets Record: 75-40
Braves Record: 70-46
Carlos Carrasco 13-4, 3.76 ERA vs Spencer Strider 6-4, 3.11 ERA
Taijuan Walker 10-3, 3.43 ERA vs Charlie Morton 5-5, 4.46 ERA
Max Scherzer 8-2, 1.93 ERA vs Jake Odorizzi 4-4, 3.80 ERA
Jacob deGrom 2-0, 1.62 ERA vs Kyle Wright 14-5, 3.14 ERA
What to watch:
Both of these teams are chasing the same goal, an NL East title. The Mets are looking to clinch the NL East for the first time since 2015, while the Braves are trying to keep their NL East pennant streak alive which is currently at four years in a row. The Mets are coming into this series finishing off a 9-2 homestand while the Braves are currently on a six game winning streak and are 5.5 games out of first place in the NL East. The Mets have yet to lose a series against an NL East opponent this season. Can the Braves change that trend at home?
A player to watch out for in this season is Pete Alonso. The Mets first baseman slugger will look to keep his historic season going in this series. Alonso in his last four games has gone five for 14 and has added two runs batted in to his National League leading total of 97. Alonso is now just 28 runs batted in away from setting the Mets single season record.
The pitching matchup:
This will be another great pitching matchup in this four game set! Game one will have Carlos Carrasco for the Mets and rookie Spencer Strider for the Braves. Carrasco has won his last three starts for the Mets and in that span has gone at least six innings in those starts all resulting in victories. For the Braves, they will feature NL rookie of the year candidate Spencer Strider who in his last start against these very Mets got knocked around giving up four runs on six hits in just 2.2 innings on August 7th. He will look to bounce back, this time at home. Game two will have perhaps the most streakiest pitchers in their rotations. Walker will be seeing the Braves for the second time in his last three starts. He will look for better results than his last start when he gave up eight runs in an inning plus. For the Braves, they will have Charlie Morton who will look for better results from his last start against the Red Sox on August 9th, when he gave up three home runs in six innings.
Game three will feature a couple of veterans. Max Scherzer for the Mets and Jake Odorizzi for the Braves. Scherzer has dominated in his three starts, striking out a combined 22 batters seeing his ERA drop to 1.93. For Odorizzi, he has not found a lot of success on his new team. He has only gone a combined 8.2 innings in just two starts. He will look for better results making his first home start as a Brave. And finally game four will feature two of the top pitchers this season in deGrom for the Mets, who has not missed a beat since coming back from a lengthy stay on the IL. He has struck out a combined 28 in his first three starts this season. For the Braves, it’s Kyle Wright, who has pitched at least six innings in seven of his last eight starts and has become really the ace of the Braves pitching staff. The question is, can he match toe to toe with deGrom?
Who wins the series?
I have the Mets taking three out of four. Despite the series being Atlanta, the Mets have owned NL East opponents this season, by not losing a series against any of their rivals. In their last eight games against the Braves, they have gone 6-2. The Mets are simply the better team here which is why I think the Mets can win this series at Truist Park.