Michael Harris Quote Exudes Plenty of Confidence After Taking Mets Series
By Larry Rupp
A lot of hope was lost when the Atlanta Braves lost four of five to the New York Mets on the road a few weeks ago. That hope is back, though, after the Braves took three of four against those same Mets at home this week. Outfielder Michael Harris didn't hold back in his confidence on Thursday night.
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Harris said the series win was "just one step closer to us taking first place back." His quote goes to show that the locker room is not focusing on a Wild Card berth, but rather a fifth straight divisional title. The Braves only sit 3.5 games back of the Mets in the NL East with a month and a half to go.
Keep in mind this was a divisional lead that stood at a whopping 10.5 games entering the month of July. However, the Braves' 29-14 record since that point has tightened the race. The emergence of young players like Harris, Spencer Strider and Vaughn Grissom has sparked Atlanta's momentum.
The Braves took a big risk when they called up Harris from the Double-A level back on May 28. However, the 21-year-old's inexperience has not impacted him at all. Harris is slashing .288/.327/.500 to go along with 47 runs scored, 15 doubles, 12 home runs, 40 RBI and 14 stolen bases (73 games).
Fans can circle their calendars for one more series between these two rivals. That will go be when the Mets visit the Braves for a three-game series to kick off October. For now, New York has odds set at -440 to win the NL East and Atlanta has odds set at +350, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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