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MLB: Atlanta Braves @ New York Mets preview

This is a significant series for both the Mets and the Braves as they battle for the National League East Division title.

The New York Mets have a 3-5 game lead over the Atlanta Braves, who are aiming for their fifth successive Divisional success and back-to-back World Series crowns.

The Mets haven't won the NL East since 2015 and have led the Division for 188 days, including off-days.

What

Atlanta Braves versus New York Mets, Game One of Five

Where

Citi Field, Flushing, Queens, New York City

When

19:10 ET Thursday August 4th 2022

How to watch

Bally Sports Southeast & SNY

Odds

ATL Braves +100, NY Mets -120

Snitker set for crucial series

Atlanta Braves team manager Brian Snitker is anticipating an excellent, hard-fought series against the New York Mets as he spoke to the official Braves website: "After you play one hundred and whatever games, you want to be in this position where the games are big.

"After the All-Star break, this thing starts throttling forward and this is what it's all about. This is good, this is fun. This is what you sign up for."

Who won the Trade Deadline?

There is no doubt that the New York Mets are better for their trades than they were days before the deadline, adding bullpen depth plus slugging in Daniel Vogelbach and Darin Ruf.

However, some Mets fans were complaining that they needed a catcher who can hit, as James McCann, Tomas Nido and Patrick Mazieka are not power bats.

New York does have Francisco Alvarez, who is excelling at Triple-A Syracuse Mets and is now ranked the number one prospect in baseball ,according to the New York Post.

The Mets appear to be lukewarm to the idea of promoting Alvarez to the big leagues. However, he keeps hitting the ball out of the ballpark, with his fourth home run in his past nine innings on Wednesday night. If he keeps doing that then the Mets surely need to add him to the September roster.

The Mets failed to attract top targets in Christian Vazquez and Willson Contreras at the deadline and while James McCann is set to come off the injured list, maybe the Mets missed a trick and will hope for increased production from their catchers.

The Mets were happy with adding Vogelbach and Ruf to their slugging at the Designated Hitter position. Especially Vogelbach who hit his first Mets home run and it was a grand slam in New York's 9-5 win over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday afternoon.

Speaking to the official New York Mets website, team manager Buck Showalter said: If you look at their track record and why they were acquired, it's pretty obvious what we expect.

"We've had some good things, but not as many as we'd like to have had. We looked at a way to kind of upgrade that, and we think those two guys have a really good track record from both sides of the plate. It presents a real challenge for the other teams."

Atlanta will be delighted with their haul of trades and contract extensions. The Braves added to their pitching depth by obtaining pitcher Jake Odorizzi and outfielder Robbie Grossman, plus extending the contract of Austin Riley to a franchise-record 10-years at $212 million, with a club option for 2033.

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Pitching Duels

The Mets welcomed back their superstar pitcher Jacob deGrom with open arms on Tuesday evening against the Nationals, and despite the team going down 5-1, deGrom was sensational.

The 34-year old pitched five innings, giving up just one earned run, striking out six batters.

He will face Spencer Strider who is a NL Rookie of the Year contender on Sunday night.

First up for the Mets on Thursday night will be Carlos Carrasco. The 35-year-old is 11-4 on the season and has an ERA of 3.79.

He will face Atlanta's Kyle Wright on the mound and the 26-year-old has a 13-4 record this season with a 2.93 ERA.

On Friday night, Taijuan Walker for the Mets, will be up against the Braves' Ian Anderson.

On Saturday, there is a doubleheader with Max Scherzer of the Mets and Max Fried pitching for the Braves.

It hasn't been announced which game either of these two will be on the mound for, but it would be an excellent duel if they were up against each other on Saturday night.

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