The Braves have undoubtedly been one of the biggest disappointments in all of baseball this season. Even sitting at 30-33, Atlanta is still only 5.0 games back of the Mets for first place in the NL East. However, with the Mets missing a few games due to COVID, the Braves only have two fewer wins than New York. With the Phillies still between the Braves and Mets, Atlanta has to capitalize on these next two weeks. The NL East as a whole has been pretty bad, so not all hope is lost. That light of hope will get a lot dimmer if the Braves can’t get hot over these next two weeks, as they will face off against the Mets seven times leading up to July.
6/15 – 6/16 (v. Red Sox, 39-27)
6/17 – 6/20 (v. Cardinals, 32-33)
6/21 – 6/23 (@ Mets, 32-25)
6/24 – 6/27 (@ Reds, 32-31)
6/29 – 7/1 (v. Mets, 32-25)
While these are by no means “easy” games, these are teams the Braves can absolutely beat. The Red Sox have been the opposite story of the Braves in 2021; a team that was once expected to be one of the worst in the majors is playing very well. The Cardinals are always pesky, and the Reds are still very solid. The Braves have an uphill climb to the postseason, but if they get dominated by the Mets, they could be looking like sellers at the trade deadline with some tough decisions to make.