After being one of the MLB's best teams in June and July, the Atlanta Braves experienced a slow start in August. Fortunately, things have changed for the better as the Braves have won three straight games after going 2-5 to begin the month.
While the Braves currently occupy the National League's top wild card spot, they're still just six games behind the New York Mets for the NL East lead. With 50 games remaining in the season, Atlanta has more than enough time to cut that deficit down.
According to Tankathon, the Braves hold the 13th-easiest strength of schedule across baseball in their remaining 50 games.
Here's a look at the three hardest remaining series on the Braves' 2022 schedule.
1. vs. Houston Astros (Aug. 19-21)
One of the Braves' toughest remaining series takes place later this month against the American League-leading Houston Astros in a 2021 World Series rematch. The Astros are known for shutting down opposing offenses, surrendering only 6.93 hits per game with a team ERA of 3.05 — both best in the AL. Even though the Braves have a top-five offense in the league, generating offense will still be tougher than usual. There's also the fact that Atlanta is only 4-7 against Houston in the last 11 meetings between the two clubs. The Astros will certainly pose a challenge for the Braves to prove that they're still World Series contenders.
2. @ Philadelphia Phillies (Sept. 22-25)
The Braves have a four-game series in September against the surging Philadelphia Phillies that should also be tough. For starters, the Phillies are an impressive 14-3 in their last 17 games and actually started the streak by winning a three-game series against the Braves in July. In fact, Philadelphia has three victories in five tries against Atlanta in that span. It'll also be hard for the Braves to win at Citizens Bank Park — a location where the Phillies have won 22 of their last 35 home games. Both clubs are in the NL wild card race, meaning this is a series that could make or break Atlanta's postseason aspirations.
3. vs. New York Mets (Sept. 30-Oct. 2)
The Braves have two series left against the Mets, but the tougher one takes place just days before the regular season concludes. The three-game series to close out September could ultimately decide who wins the NL East depending on how the next few seasons play out. The Mets have had the Braves' number this season, going 8-4 in 12 previous games against their rivals. It was only in the first week of August that New York won four times in a five-game series against Atlanta, proving that the Braves have a lot of work to do if they want to usurp the NL East leaders by the end of the campaign.
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