NL East battle heads to New York for 4-game series

By The Associated Press
Posted 10:28AM on Thursday 4th August 2022 ( 5 days ago )

NEW YORK — The second-place Atlanta Braves head to New York to battle the NL East-leading Mets on Thursday to open a huge four-game series at Citi Field.

New York (66-38) leads the Braves (63-42) by 3 1/2 games coming into the series. The Braves could jump into first place for the first time this season with a sweep.

The Braves will send NL wins leader Kyle Wright (13-4, 2.93 ERA) to the mound to open the series while the Mets will counter with Carlos Carrasco (11-4, 3.79 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.

BOTTOM LINE: The Mets will try to keep a three-game home win streak going while the Braves are 26-20 on the road this season. New York has a 31-17 record at Citi Field.

Thursday’s game is the eighth time these teams square off this season. The Mets hold a 4-3 advantage in the season series to this point.

TOP PERFORMERS: Jeff McNeil is 10th on the Mets with a .302 batting average, and has 24 doubles, a triple, five home runs, 24 walks and 39 RBI. Francisco Lindor is 16-for-38 with three home runs and eight RBI over the past 10 games.

Dansby Swanson has 21 doubles, a triple and 15 home runs for the Braves. Matt Olson is 6-for-35 with a double and three home runs over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Mets: 8-2, .311 batting average, 3.13 ERA, outscored opponents by 22 runs; Braves: 6-4, .255 batting average, 3.38 ERA, outscored opponents by 11 runs

INJURIES: Mets: Drew Smith: 15-Day IL (back), Dominic Smith: 10-Day IL (ankle), James McCann: 10-Day IL (oblique), Tylor Megill: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Sean Reid-Foley: 60-Day IL (elbow), John Curtiss: 60-Day IL (elbow), Joey Lucchesi: 60-Day IL (elbow)

Braves: Michael Harris II: day-to-day (foot), Mike Ford: 10-Day IL (neck), Adam Duvall: 10-Day IL (wrist), Darren O’Day: 15-Day IL (calf), Luke Jackson: 60-Day IL (elbow), Ozzie Albies: 60-Day IL (foot), Manny Pina: 60-Day IL (wrist), Mike Soroka: 60-Day IL (achilles), Kirby Yates: 60-Day IL (elbow)

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