Over the weekend, the Atlanta Braves swept the New York Mets and essentially sealed the NL East divisional title. It was a dominating effort that changed the mindsets of those in the two locker rooms. One Mets reliever took a bold shot, though, by reiterating he still believes New York is the better team.
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It was Seth Lugo and he didn't stop there, either. He thinks the Mets can prove him right if they meet up with the Braves in the playoffs. This quote came a bit out of left field because the stats don't back him up. Atlanta outscored the Mets 14-7 in the series and finished ahead in the season series (10-9).
A Mets/Braves postseason matchup would be amazing, but the earliest it can happen is in the NLCS. The Mets are likely the No. 4 seed in the NL and will host the San Diego Padres or Philadelphia Phillies in the Wild Card Round. A series win there would set up a NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Meanwhile, the Braves are in position to receive a bye to the NLDS and await the winner of a Wild Card Round series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Phillies/Padres. No matter what, Lugo made it clear that he wants "another shot" and isn't afraid of taking on whoever it may be to get that shot.
“You think if you get the first-round bye you are fresher because you haven’t played, but does that make you fresher? We’re used to playing every day."- Seth Lugo on a Wild Card Series
Oddsmakers see the Dodgers as the only ones standing in the way of a rematch. Outside of LA (+135), it's the Braves (+240) and Mets (+550) that have the best odds to win the National League. It's a feat Atlanta accomplished last year, but a feat New York hasn't accomplished since 2015.
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