The Mets made a statement Thursday, winning a series and a season against the Dodgers, the best team in the NL.
As has generally been the case this year, the Braves followed with their own statement.
Rookie starter Spencer Strider set an Atlanta record with 16 strikeouts — and allowed just two hits without walking — in eight dominant innings in a 3-0 win over the Rockies at Truist Park on Thursday night .
Strider was still hitting 98 mph in the eighth inning, when two Rockies came on base — Michael Toglia doubled up before Elias Diaz hit an error from first baseman Matt Olson — and he had to weigh in. A pair of sliders knocked out Elehuris Montero and Sean Bouchard, Strider’s final two Ks on the night, helping him take the Atlanta record from Hall of Famer John Smoltz, who knocked out 15 Mets on April 10, 2005 and 15 Exhibitions May 24. 1992.
Warren Spahn, who knocked out 18 Cubs with the Boston Braves on June 14, 1952, holds the all-time franchise record.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Strider — a 23-year-old who’s thrown three times against the Mets this season, twice effectively and one less — joined Kerry Wood as the only rookies with at least 16 strikeouts and two or less. base runners allowed. Wood, the former Cub, recorded 20 strikeouts in 1998.
Missing bats and out batters tend to take the odds out of the game, which will likely be Strider’s plan the next time he faces the Mets. When the Mets beat Strider and scored the right-hander for four runs in 2 2/3 innings on Aug. 7, he cited the “luck” of a Mets club that excels at making contacts.
“[There were] lots of weird hits,” Strider told reporters at the time. “[The Mets] seem to be very lucky right now offensively. It’s awesome. It’s August. [We’ll] see what things look like in October.
Things at the start of September are looking pretty good for both teams, with the Mets three games in the NL East and Strider setting records in Atlanta.
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