The Atlanta Braves cheated on us early in the season.
Ronald Acuna Jr. was still injured, some of the reinforcements hadn’t hit their stride, and they were in the early games of the post-Freddie Freeman era, so the defending World Series champions lost a lot of games in April. and didn’t look like suitors.
But the beauty of MLB’s 162-game season is that good teams often find a way to show off their talent sooner or later.
Everyone can have a good time or a bad time, but talent usually wins out and the Braves have plenty of it.
The team is currently spinning, and after watching the Mets lead the NL East by a wide margin for most of the campaign, they are officially in their rearview mirror.
“Atlanta wins again, 7-6 on the #SFGiantsand is only 4 games behind #put in eastern NL The last time Atlanta was within 4 games of NY was April 23, just two weeks into the season. Atlanta is 18-3 in June, with the #Dodgers and Freddie Freeman next coming to town,” Bob Nightengale tweeted.
Atlanta wins again, 7-6 on the #SFGiantsand is only 4 games behind #put in eastern NL The last time Atlanta was within 4 games of NY was April 23, just two weeks into the season. Atlanta is 18-3 in June, with the #Dodgers and Freddie Freeman next coming to town.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) June 23, 2022
The Mets should be worried
For the Mets, it’s officially time to start worrying.
The Braves are already 41-30, winning seven of their last 10 games.
The Mets are great on their own, sure, but they don’t have Max Scherzer or Jacob deGrom; while the Braves are just hitting their stride.
Scherzer will return this weekend or next week in the lead, but deGrom is still a few weeks away.
By the time he returns, the Braves could be much, much closer or already ahead of the Mets.
The race will be exciting all season long, but the Braves seem determined to rack up the wins.
New York should do the same.