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Mets Prediction: How will the Mets fare against the Atlanta Braves?

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Feb 15, 2017; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (right) and starting pitcher Julio Teheran (left) during MLB spring training workouts at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 15, 2017; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (right) and starting pitcher Julio Teheran (left) during MLB spring training workouts at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Mets are the only team in the MLB to start the 2017 season playing the entire month of April against only their own division.

So, how will the Mets do against the NL East this year? We already looked at the Philadelphia Phillies. Now let’s look at the Atlanta Braves, who many think will be Mets kryptonite this season.

The Mets open this season playing the Braves 10 times within their first 30 games of the season. Atlanta finished 2016 last in the NL East with only 68 wins. Playing them so often early on, there is almost an automatic assumption that the New York Mets should open up the season with a strong start.

Except last season, the Braves finished 10-9 against the Mets. A winning record that no one would have expected. Especially, after New York entered 2016 coming off a World Series run.

Atlanta is looking to improve on last year’s fifth-worst ERA (4.51) in the National League. This offseason’s focus was adding three new starting pitchers to be part of rotation. Two of the starters being former Mets pitchers, R.A. Dickey and fan favorite Bartolo Colon.

I expect and am looking forward to the warm welcome and a great applause Colon deserves will receive from the Met faithful on Opening Day and throughout the season.

Braves ace Julio Teheran continued his success from 2015 against the Met hitters into 2016. Teheran was lights out against New York making four starts and throwing a quality start in all four appearances. Teheran went 2-0 pitching 30 innings allowing 15 hits 3 runs and 18 strikeouts.

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