For the first time since 2015, the New York Mets certainly appear destined to claim the National League East division championship. A title that has belonged to the Atlanta Braves in each of the past four seasons.
While the first-place Mets sit in the driver’s seat for that crown, Atlanta won’t go down without a fight. With the two rivals set to play 11 more times this season, New York will certainly have to go through the Braves to end the franchise’s divisional title drought.
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Best bet: New York Mets ML/over 8.5 runs
Since losing their first two games after the All-Star break, the Mets have gone on a tear, winning nine of their last 10 along the way. That includes a 6-4 win over the Braves on Thursday, the first of a five-game series at Citi Field.
With that push, New York (67-38) has built a 4.5-game lead over Atlanta in the NL East standings. Each game against the rival Braves will be critical, of course. After all, with 11 more games scheduled between the two franchises, anything can happen.
As for Friday’s game, the Mets send out Taijuan Walker to go against Atlanta’s Ian Anderson. One, Walker, has put up extremely respectable numbers, going 9-2 with a 2.79 ERA. Walker has gone a perfect 6-0 over his past nine appearances, during which time the Mets have won seven times. As for Anderson, fans are left guessing which version they will get. It could be the Anderson who allowed just one hit and struck out nine in a win on July 30. Or it could be the Anderson who gave up seven runs in three innings of work in his previous start.
What we do know, however, is both the Mets and Braves can swing the bat. And on Friday, it would seem as if New York has the upper hand, especially with Walker on the mound.
New York boasts the fifth-best batting average in MLB and ranks in the top five in runs. Jeff McNeil (.302) and Starling Marte (.299) provide offensive consistency for the Mets, while Pete Alonso has come alive of late. With three home runs in the past four games, Alonso has climbed into the top four in the league for home runs.
The Mets have gone over 8.5 runs seven times in 10 games. And in Walker starts, New York has exceeded that total three times in five games.
Atlanta Braves (63-43) at New York Mets (67-38)
Citi Field, 7:10 p.m. ET
TV: SNY Radio: WCBS 880, WEPN 1050