Mets Prediction: How will the Mets fare against the Atlanta Braves?
Freddie Freeman seems to be dominating the Met pitchers, which reminds Mets fans of a former switch-hitting teammate of his. Freeman hit .388 with 13 extra-base hits and 9 RBIs in 80 at-bats against the Mets. Freeman finished the year setting career highs 34 home runs and 83 extra base hits.
However, even with all the production, Freeman was able to provide, Atlanta still finished last in the league in home runs with the second least amount of runs scored.
The key player everyone should have their eyes on is rookie shortstop, Dansby Swanson. Swanson the first pick in the 2015 MLB draft was called up in August playing in 38 games hitting .302 with 20 runs scored.
Swanson was traded to the Braves as part of the Shelby Miller trade to the Diamondbacks. Already this trade is turning out to be a complete steal and a move Diamondbacks fans are quickly looking at with regret.
The Braves are still in a rebuilding phase a huge part of the reason they have the best farm system in baseball. The Braves may have finished the season in last. However, on a high note, they finished their final 38 games going 24-14.
9-10 is not a great record against the Braves. However, the true difference maker is when you compare the Mets record to that of the Nationals who went 15-4 against Atlanta. It leads me to believe that if the Mets want to win the division it could easily be decided on both teams final record against the Braves.
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The Mets are the better team than the Braves. New York has a chance to make the playoffs for a third straight year which would be the first time in franchise history. While Atlanta is on the rise they are still considered one of the worst teams in baseball. I expect the Mets to win their season meeting between the Braves finishing 11-8.