Braves head to New York for a pivotal series against the Mets

The Atlanta Braves will begin their biggest series of the season on Monday when they open a five-game set against the New York Mets with another doubleheader. The Braves will come into the series with a 48-50 record, good for third place in the NL East standings, trailing the Mets by five games and the Phillies by one.

Atlanta began the road trip by splitting a four-game series in Philadelphia. They scored a win in the opener Thursday but were held in check by Zack Wheeler Friday. They exploded for 15 runs in Saturday’s win and had a chance to win the series outright but Aaron Nola outdueled Touki Toussaint in a 2-1 loss.

This upcoming series will take the Braves right up to the Trade Deadline, which is Friday at 4 p.m. ET. Atlanta acquired outfielder Joc Pederson coming out of the All-Star Break and also added catcher Stephen Vogt. Both have performed fine, but they are going to need more help if they hope to stay in the race over the final two months of the season. Just about everything that could go wrong has for the Braves in 2021, but they have managed to hang around within striking distance, even if their odds shrink more and more with every series and week that they fail to make a run. It remains to be seen if they would consider selling should the series in New York go sideways.…

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