2 reasons the Mets aren't on the same tier as the Braves, 1 philosophy to get them there

New York Mets v Atlanta Braves
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Tip your cap to the Atlanta Braves. Let out a hot dog burp into it first if you must. The best team in the National League East, and maybe the entire National League, is on a different tier than the New York Mets.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. The Braves were kings of the NL East in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Dethroned only a handful of times with only a couple of lean years leading up to the present day, the Braves are back on top and don’t look like they’re ready to bend the knee for anyone.

How is it that the Braves have climbed so far above the Mets? What can New York do to join them?

NY Mets aren’t in the same tier as the Braves because of the non-threatening starting lineup

It does seem like on any given Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, etc. a bad pitcher can beat a good one. One bad inning. A broken fingernail. Some bad seafood earlier in the day. Nobody controls a game quite like a starting pitcher. Pound for pound, the Mets could beat the Braves enough times if the two battled it out in a pitcher’s duel.

Where the Mets are much shorter is with the starting lineup. The Mets don’t pack the same punch as the Braves lineup does. Aside from the occasional Pete Alonso bomb or Brandon Nimmo chaos, there’s not a whole lot to fear.

The Braves have power from the top of the order down to the bottom. They’re not just a bunch of .220 hitters rocketing home runs once every fifth at-bat. There is nobody in this lineup you can pitch around. Escape is virtually impossible and the same cannot be said of the Mets.

The Mets are far from the worst offense in baseball, but even their big swingers are having down years in some areas. Alonso and Francisco Lindor will have a tough time finishing the season with a .250 batting average. They drive in runs but that could be because pitchers are unafraid to face them. The rest of the lineup strikes zero fear. It takes a couple of hits for the Mets to score a run. The Braves need one swing from anyone in their lineup.

Who needs future Hall of Fame veteran aces when you have a team capable of scoring as often and willfully as the Braves?