The Atlanta Braves had a terrific opportunity to cut down on the New York Mets' NL East lead with a five-game series against their rivals last week. Instead, the Braves were left embarrassed by their trip to Citi Field, winning just one of the five matchups while falling to 6.5 games behind New York.
While some players might come up with excuses following such a brutal showing, that isn't the case for Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson. The veteran infielder told reporters after Sunday's 5-2 loss that his "initial reaction" is that Atlanta "did not play well, really in any phase" of the series.
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Swanson didn't let up from there. Aside from the first two innings of Game 2 where the Braves scored eight runs, leading to a 9-6 victory, the veteran feels his team "did not play well in all phases." It's hard to disagree with him considering how New York outscored Atlanta 30-14 if you remove those two innings.
The five-game series was an embarrassing effort for the Braves across the board. Eight Atlanta players recorded at least five strikeouts in that stretch, including Matt Olson, Austin Riley and Swanson himself who led the way with seven.
The latest Braves vs. Mets collision was just another example of Atlanta's inability to succeed against New York in 2022. The Mets are now 8-4 against the Braves this season, winning six of the last eight meetings between the two rivals.
Fortunately, hope isn't totally gone for the Braves just yet. They still have seven games left against the Mets this season with a four-game series set to begin in Atlanta on Monday, Aug. 15. If the Braves can find a way to win the majority of those games, winning the NL East is a realistic goal.
NL East Odds 2022
FanDuel Sportsbook's latest NL East odds give us a better idea as to how the divisional race could unfold. For now, the Mets are still favored to remain as division leaders at -750 odds, while the Braves are a much distant second place at +600.
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