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Matt Olson and Michael Harris II Share Thoughts on Series of the Year Against Mets

Adam Taylor McKillop
Matt Olson and Michael Harris II of the Atlanta Braves shared their thoughts on the series of the year against the New York Mets.
Matt Olson and Michael Harris II of the Atlanta Braves shared their thoughts on the series of the year against the New York Mets. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The MLB Postseason is just one week away. While a few teams such as the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros and New York Yankees have all taken care of business, there's a lot left up for grabs in the NL East.

The New York Mets and Atlanta Braves are preparing for the series of the year, a three-game set kicking off on Friday night from Truist Park in Atlanta, GA.

Just 1.0 game separates these two atop the NL East standings and a series sweep by either side could all but officially wrap up the division crown.

Braves starters Matt Olson and Michael Harris II opened up with reporters on Wednesday night to share their thoughts on the upcoming battle.

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"Big series coming up, and we’ve still got a chance to win this division," said Olson. "That’s the goal from the start of the year. You set out to win the division, to put yourself in the best chance to succeed in the postseason. And for us, that’s winning the division. Still got a chance to do it. And like I said, big series.”

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Harris II shared similar thoughts and isn't letting Wednesday's extra-innings loss to the Washington Nationals (which dropped the Braves 1.0-game back in the standings) put a damper on things.

“Going into the series we’re still feeling good, regardless of (the fact that) we lost. So we’re just trying to go in there and take the series and win the rest of the games so we can get first place in the East.”

The goal is clear and it's all business from a pair of Atlanta's biggest contributors. Harris II grabbed the starter center field job midseason and ran with it, slashing .305/.344/.531 in 109 games. Meanwhile, Olson leads the team with 96 RBIs and ranks second with 30 home runs.

Atlanta finishes with a three-game series against the Miami Marlins following this weekend's set with the Mets. The Mets will play three games against the Washington Nationals.

As it stands, the NL East is up for grabs. New York currently holds -390 odds on FanDuel Sportsbook and the Braves come in at +310. A series-opening win on Friday night should completely flip those odds.

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