3 reasons why the Mets should be more confident than the Braves

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2) The Mets have a more trusted manager at the helm in Buck Showalter.

Buck Showalter’s baseball knowledge and experience have helped the Mets out time after time all year.

Showalter has helped the Mets with situational hitting and baserunning, had the Mets master many of the weird in-game situations the team ran themselves into, and has a challenge rate of over 77 percent the best in the majors by a wide margin.

Showalter is the frontrunner to be National League Manager of the Year, with the Mets having already won nearly 20 more games than they did all of last season.

When was the last time you could legitimately say the Mets had a great in-game skipper? Perhaps Willie Randolph? Davey Johnson? Who knows, but Showalter has blown each of the previous four managers combined out of the water for building a winning culture while using his own instincts.

Brian Snitker has done a fabulous job over the past few seasons with the Braves this season, as they were down by double digit games in the division race, but they have since stormed back to make the NL East race the most compelling playoff race of the 2022 season.

But in every meaningful game the Mets play in the rest of the season, including the playoffs, the Mets will have the clear advantage at the manager position, unless they play Terry Francona and the Cleveland Guardians in the World Series.