The Braves won their fifth game in a row on Tuesday night, but it wasn’t without a scare. For most of the night, the bats were quiet, outside a couple of home runs from Travis d’Arnaud and Dansby Swanson. Thankfully, that’s all they needed. Charlie Morton only surrendered one run, and Kenley Jansen was able to avoid another blown save by forcing Luke Voit to fly out with the bases loaded.
With 14 games left remaining in the season, the Braves are back to playing winning baseball. Unfortunately, so are the Mets; they’ve won six in a row, including a victory last night over the Brewers after falling behind 4-0. New York remains one game up in the division, but the Braves should feel comfortable right where they are, considering their final 14 games all come versus the NL East, who they’ve dominated as of late.
In their last 16 contests against their NL East foes, the Braves are an incredible 15-1, including 10 wins in a row. Their last loss against a team from within the division came all the way back on August 18th against the Mets, who skirted by with a 9-7 victory. Oftentimes, the division comes down to who does the best within it. So far, both the Braves and Mets have been impeccable against teams in the NL East.
The Braves wrap up their series tomorrow against Washington with a day game before heading to Philadelphia for a critical four-game set, where the teams have split the season series. Following that, the Braves play three more games against Washington before the all-important series against the Mets at Truist Park, which will likely determine the division. If it’s yet to be decided by then, Atlanta wraps up the season against Miami. The NL East is there for the taking, but if the Braves want to win it for the fifth consecutive year, they’ll have to continue to dominate their division foes.
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