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MLB: Atlanta Braves vs New York Mets | 17 August, 7:20 AM (PST) 


Mary C
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POTENTIAL STARTING LINEUPS: 

ATLANTA BRAVES: 

C | William Contreras 

FB | Matt Olson 

SB | Orlando Arcia 

S | Dansby Swanson 

TB | Austin Riley 

LF | Eddie Rosario 

CF | Michael Harris 

RF | Ronald Acuna 

DH | Marcell Ozuna 

 

NEW YORK METS: 

C | Tomas Nido 

FB | Pete Alonso 

SB | Luis Guillorme 

S | Francisco Lindor 

TB | Eduardo Escobar 

LF | Mark Canha 

CF | Brandon Nimmo 

RF | Starling Marte 

DH Jeff McNeil 

 

 

If we’re talking about glow-ups, then this matchup might just showcase the best teams for them. From finishing 20th and 12th in the ‘21 season, the Mets and Braves are in second and fifth in the majors right now, respectively. In the coming game, this Wednesday at the SunTrust Park in Atlanta, Georgia, the New York Mets are coming in hot after sweeping both the Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies. En route back home, the Atlanta Braves have also swept the Boston Red Sox and Miami Marlins. These NL East teams are on a rampage, and it’s hard to see who will be outdoing the other in their series. 

 

Usually overshadowed by the Yankees, the Mets have exceptionally proved themselves this season. During the first half of the season, they drifted around third to fifth place in the league, but now they’ve risen higher than the Yankees and have the chance to dethrone the Dodgers. Standing with 75 wins and 40 losses, they’re in a tight spot with the Houston Astros (75-41), so there’s good motivation for them to outperform the Braves besides continuing their win streak. Carlos Carrasco leads the team’s recent games. 

 

With similar tidings on Atlanta’s side, the Braves’ success has been led by Bryce Elder and young Michael Harris. The two have shone brightly in their last games among others with Elder delivering seven innings and Harris pulling a clutch homerun. One of their trademarks this season is that one cannot count the Atlanta Braves to have lost up until the final second. Apart from their skills, the Braves practice this triumphant mentality in their games. With a barrage of talents, possibilities are endless for Atlanta, and it’s something the Mets need to watch out for.  

 

For Wednesday, we expect nothing short of a fiery game from both sides, especially with how far they’ve come and how exemplary they’ve been lately. One final consideration for the upcoming game is their recent series. The two have undergone a series of five games just this August 5-8 whereas the Atlanta Braves only came on top in game two, surrendering four wins to the New York Mets. Considering how relatively fresh this series was, we’re going to have to give our pick to the Mets. They’ve shown to have a grasp of how the Braves play, and that is a sizable advantage enough to take down the team. To make things interesting, we can only hope the Braves play it up to avoid being predictable, but of course, they probably will.  

 

7:20 AM (PST), Wednesday, 17 August 2022. SunTrust Park, Atlanta, GA. 

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