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Remaining Strength of Schedule Paints Difficult Picture for Braves in NL East Race

Larry Rupp
Remaining strength of schedule paints a difficult picture for the Atlanta Braves in the NL East race.
Remaining strength of schedule paints a difficult picture for the Atlanta Braves in the NL East race. / AP Photos/Keith Srakocic
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It didn't take long for the Atlanta Braves to prove they shouldn't be underestimated as the reigning World Series champions. They are 55-21 since the start of June and have worked their way back into the NL East race. One obstacle standing in their way is a trying strength of schedule, though.

Atlanta Braves NL East

The Braves have been taking care of business against sub-.500 teams this season. In fact, Atlanta has swept each their last four series against the Miami Marlins, Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates. It's matchups like those that are less and less frequent down the stretch.

Over their last 36 games of the regular season, the Braves have 16 games against teams over the .500 mark. That includes a weekend series against the St. Louis Cardinals to end August and a road trip to Seattle in the middle of September. The path to a division title is not easy by any means.

Meanwhile, the New York Mets will face 27 teams under the .500 mark over their final 36 games of the regular season. That's a huge advantage to have for a team already 2.0 games up in first place. It all culminates with a three-games series against the Braves from September 30 through October 2.

One of these teams is going to have a bye into the divisional round of the MLB Playoffs and one of them will be hosting a Wild Card Round series. For now, the Mets have odds set at -410 and the Braves have odds set at +320 to capture a crucial division title, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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