It’s only June, but the Braves and Mets rivalry feels extra spicy already this season. That tends to happen when one team blows a 10.5-game lead in the division to the other. Unfortunately for the Mets, the Braves have picked up right where they left off last season. They sit 7.5 games ahead of New York in the division and are looking for a sweep tonight with Spencer Strider on the mound.
The first two games of the series featured a lot of fireworks, both on and off the field. It started in Game 1 when Mets first baseman Pete Alonso was seen shouting, “Throw it again,” to Braves pitcher Bryce Elder after mashing a near 450-foot homer to give his team a 4-1 lead. However, the Braves would storm back to take the lead, and Tyler Matzek was also caught on camera yelling, “Throw it again.” It was an all-time petty situation, but the Braves would get the last laugh in the form of a win.
Fast forward to Wednesday, and there was some talk of whether there would be any carry over from Tuesday night’s game antics. I didn’t think there would be, but tensions only rose after Alonso was struck on the hand with a 97 MPH fastball in his first at-bat and forced to leave the game. Thankfully, that would be the end of it, outside of fans speculating whether there was intent from Charlie Morton.
On the latest episode of SportsTalkATL, we discuss the situation as well as Pete Alonso’s comments after the game, and what Charlie Morton said to him.
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