This concludes our regularly scheduled programming.

The Braves take the meaningless final series 2 games to 1 to finish the 2021 regular season with an 88 – 73 record and 6.5 games ahead of the 2nd place Phillies. The Braves went 44 – 28 since the All-Star break, and 36 – 19 after July 31st.

The Mets started former ace Noah Syndergaard, making his 2nd appearance of the season following Tommy John surgery in 2020 . Any chances for a feel-good offseason disappeared over the left field fence along with the baseball, as Jorge Soler homered on Syndergaard’s 2nd pitch. An Ozzie Albies double and an Austin Riley single had the Braves up 2 – 0 after the first.

Syndergaard did not come back for the 2nd, and neither did the Mets. Charlie Morton, Spencer Strider, Tyler Matzek, Luke Jackson, Chris Martin, and Will Smith shut them down on 3 hits and a walk. Morton went 2 2/3 innings in his playoff tune-up, and allowed 1 of the hits. Strider went 1 1/3, allowed the walk, and was awarded the win.

The Braves added the final 3 runs in the 3rd. Soler drew a 1 out walk, and Freddie Freeman singled him to 3rd. Jorge scored on an Albies groundout. Riley doubled Freddie home, and an Adam Duvall single concluded the season’s scoring.

I would be remiss if I did not take this opportunity to report on our other NL East friends. The Mets ended up 11.5 games back, and the Marlins finished in fourth, 21.5 games back. The Nationals came in last, 23.5 games behind.

The crapshoot starts Friday at Milwaukee on TBS (time to be determined.) Charlie Morton starts for the Braves; the Brewers have not announced a starter at this time. The Braves were 46 – 35 on the road this season.