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Pete Alonso Explains Reasoning Behind NL East Collapse After Braves Sweep

Adam Taylor McKillop
New York Mets star Pete Alonso explained reasoning behind their NL East collapse after a sweep by the Atlanta Braves.
New York Mets star Pete Alonso explained reasoning behind their NL East collapse after a sweep by the Atlanta Braves. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Despite holding a near wire-to-wire lead in the NL East, the New York Mets officially collapsed over the weekend. At the hands of a three-game sweep by their bitter rival Atlanta Braves, New York now sits a firm 2.0 games back of Atlanta for the division lead and with just three games remaining, all hope is nearly lost.

Several Mets players weighed in on the situation following the game, understandably shaken by the weekend's events. This included first baseman Pete Alonso, who explained what happened in the franchise's latest collapse.

Alonso gave a lot of credit to his opponents, saying "They just flat-out beat us this weekend. They did. They played well. Good for them. Tip your hat ... I thought we played well. They just played better."

This was certainly a blunt response from Alonso. Manager Buck Showalter also offered some reasoning behind the disappointing weekend.

As Showalter alluded to, the series win was not only crucial in flipping the NL East standings, but flipping the head-to-head record. Atlanta finished the year with a winning 10-9 record in the head-to-head count.

Should both teams finish the year with identical records (i.e. a Mets sweep and Braves losing 2-of-3), Atlanta will still win the NL East per MLB's tiebreaker rules.

The odds have completely flipped in Atlanta's favor. New York entered the weekend with -390 odds to win the NL East on FanDuel Sportsbook, but the Braves are now favored at -10000 compared to New York's +3000 mark.

Atlanta also jumped New York in FanDuel Sportsbook's World Series odds, holding the third-best chances (+500) compared to the Mets' +700 mark.

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