A 2-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night clinched a fifth straight NL East title for the Atlanta Braves. Flash back a couple of months, or even weeks, and it looked like the New York Mets had the division all but wrapped up. Braves reliever AJ Minter took a subtle shot at his rival for their collapse.
Mets NL East Collapse
Minter told reporters after the game that "the Mets didn't blow it, we just took it from them." Of course, he is gesturing toward Atlanta's three-game sweep of New York last weekend. The Braves outscored the Mets 14-7 in that series and finished with a 10-9 lead in the season series as well.
The word "collapse" isn't thrown around too often, but this is one situation that deserves a harsh critique. The Mets had a chance to enter that weekend series against the Braves with the division already locked up. Instead, September series losses to the Nationals and Cubs changed everything.
The fact that the top two division winners receive a bye to the NLDS has to be what hurts the most for the Mets organization. New York must now host a dangerous San Diego Padres team in the Wild Card Round. Beating a squad full of stars (Juan Soto, Manny Machado, etc.) is not going to be an easy task.
It's worth giving the Braves some credit here, too. The collapse wouldn't have happened if they didn't post a 57-27 record since the start of July. For now, Atlanta has the third-best odds to win the World Series at +500, while the Mets check in with the fifth-best odds at +950, per FanDuel Sportsbook.
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