Did the Braves just crush the Mets soul?

MLB: JUN 08 Mets at Braves

It’s June 9th, so counting any baseball team out is a little premature, especially one as talented as the Mets. But if there was ever a series that broke a team’s soul before the All-Star break, we just witnessed it over the last three days.

Coming into Tuesday, the Mets sat 5.5 games back in the NL East. Not ideal, but it was manageable, and they had a golden opportunity to make up some ground over a three-game set against the Braves. Instead, they went on to get swept. And not only did they get swept, but they also blew a three-run lead three separate times, twice with their two aces–Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander–on the bump.

Considering what happened last year and that the Braves have now won 11 out of their last 13 games versus the Mets, it has to be feeling gloomy for the folks in Queens. An 8.5-game lead in the division in June may not be insurmountable for the Braves, but I don’t think I have to remind you that the Mets are not the Braves. Even with almost four months left to go in the season, this feels like a series that just might have crushed the souls of the people in New York (as far as the division is concerned).

On the latest episode of SportsTalkATL, we discuss the Braves’ thrilling three-game triumph over the Mets and whether New York has enough in the tank to make things interesting in the division as the season continues.

Photo: Jeff Robinson/Icon Sportswire

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