Call this the series of the year for both clubs! Five out the six divisions have already been decided with the NL East being the only without a declared winner. Now, both the Mets and Braves will meet for the final time this season with the Mets having a one game lead in the division. Who will come out on top in this series with the NL East likely to be decided?
Mets Record: 98-58
Braves Record: 97-59
Jacob deGrom 5-3, 2.93 ERA vs Max Fried 13-7, 2.50 ERA
Max Scherzer 11-4, 2.13 ERA vs Kyle Wright 20-5, 3.18 ERA
Chris Bassitt 15-8, 3.27 ERA vs Charlie Morton 9-6, 4.29 ERA
What to watch:
This series has a chance to be a fun one for sure with both these teams all month breathing on each other’s necks for the NL East division crown. The path for the Mets to clinch seems more favorable than the Braves path. Entering this series, the Mets lead the season series winning nine of the 16 games both of these clubs played.
If the Mets win even just one game and the division is either tied or the Mets have a half a game or a game lead leaving Atlanta, they would most likely then clinch the NL East crown for the first time since 2015. While the Braves, who are coming off a disappointing end to their three game series against the Washington Nationals losing the finale on a walkoff, will have a lot more work to do then the Mets trying to win the NL East for a fifth year in a row. Just one game separates them, so this series will for sure headline Major League Baseball all weekend long.
The pitching matchup:
Both of these teams are putting out their three best starters in this series and rightfully so. To start, game one will feature Jacob deGrom for the Mets and lefty Max Fried for the Braves. deGrom is looking to bounce back from a rare bad outing against the A’s on Sept. 24th where he gave up five runs and walked four batters in just four innings of work. The Mets will need him to shrug that off against a powerhouse offense of the Braves. For Fried, he will look to build off a strong start against the Phillies on Sept. 22nd when he struck out eight over five seeing his ERA drop to 2.50.
Game two will have Max Scherzer for the Mets and Kyle Wright for Atlanta. Scherzer will look to build off his solid performance against the A’s on Sept. 25th going six innings striking out eight and only giving up one run while Wright is coming off becoming the first major league pitcher of the season winning 20 games. This matchup should be a fun one for sure! And for the finale, it will feature Chris Bassitt for the Mets and Charlie Morton for the Braves. Bassitt is coming off one of his best starts of the season going eight innings against the A’s on Sept. 23rd while Morton will look to bounce back from his previous start against the Phillies on Sept. 26th giving up six earned runs in four ⅔ innings pitched.
Who wins the series?
There is so much on the line in this series and it is hard to pick who wins this one. Both of these team’s are sending out their top three starters in all three games and both offenses are getting hot at the right time. Having said all that, I think the Mets can win two out of three and likely close this division race. The reason why I think is that they’re coming off feeling good walking off the Marlins in their last game while the Braves have got to be feeling disappointed losing to the lowly Nats and falling back a game out. The Mets will use their confidence to their advantage and plus, I think deGrom is poised for a bounce back start too while Bassitt and Scherzer have been so good lately. It’s going to be a fun, close series but I see the Mets winning this one two out of three.