This might be the biggest series of all for the New York Mets. From Thursday, August 4 through Sunda,y August 7, the balance of the National League East could sway back and forth. That’s because for 4 days, the Mets host the Atlanta Braves for 5 games.
It’s an encore from the MLB trade deadline. Both teams will be hoping they did enough to improve their chances for the postseason but also when they compete directly against each other on the same grass.
Mets vs. Braves for 5 games in 4 days can swing momentum in a major way
The series begins with the Braves trailing the Mets by 3.5 games in the division. We can thank the Philadelphia Phillies for some wins against Atlanta to help put a little more distance between first and second place in the division.
By the time we all go to sleep on Sunday, there could be a new leader in the National League East if the worst-case scenario happens. Alternatively, and far more positive for New York, the Braves might have some extra catching up to do.
Because of the talents of both of these teams, it’s reasonable to expect a back-and-forth performance with a slugfest, a pitcher’s duel, and even a blowout in these five games. Each club has their strengths. There’s a reason to fear each. The Mets will have to hope that getting last ups will give them even just a minor advantage.
The series begins with Carlos Carrasco vs. Kyle Wright and is scheduled to end with Jacob deGrom vs. Spencer Strider. It’s a nice look at both rotations, updated post-trade deadline rosters of each club, and just furious each squad is in such an important series.
The Mets have built up a strong enough division lead where going 2-3 wouldn’t be cause for panic. They can afford to give the Braves a game in the standings. Anything more than that and expect a chaotic Monday morning.