I have very much enjoyed the brand of baseball played by Atlanta over the past few days. Last night’s come from behind victory was the third of its kind in as many games going back to the get away game in Phoenix. This is the style of play that everyone has been waiting on and it’s been incredibly fun to watch. Hopefully the magic continues tonight as the Braves try to complete a three game sweep of the Mets in Truist Park.
Business as usual for Atlanta coming into Thursday night. Sean Murphy gets the night off and Travis d’Arnaud will handle the catching duties. Michael Harris II will look to build on a three hit night on Wednesday topped off with an eighth inning go ahead two run shot. Spencer Strider takes the mound with hopes of lowering his 2.97 ERA on the season. He’s also looking to pick up his seventh win and build on his MLB leading strikeout total (113). The at bats have looked much better since coming back to Atlanta. Timely hitting has been front and center. Strider always gives this team a chance and tonight would be a great night for a top shelf outing. Let’s hand the Mets a clean sweep tonight and create a little distance in the standings from the *checks notes* Miami Marlins?
Buck Showalter has elected to press a few different buttons going into the series finale. Mark Canha and Daniel Vogelbach are absent. The nod has gone to rookies Mark Vientos at first and Francisco Alvarez manning the DH role. Pete Alonso will sit after taking a 96 MPH fastball off the wrist courtesy of Charlie Morton on Wednesday night. X-rays came back negative and clubhouse interviews seem to reveal no malicious intent. I would still throw on and extra pad or two if I was Ronald Acuna. We’ll get a look at reigning AL Cy Young winner Justin Verlander to wrap up the series. Justin been a little slow out of the gate. He’s 2-3 with a 4.25 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 36 innings pitched. Even if Verlander gives the Braves fits, I like our chances for some more late inning magic against this Mets bullpen. Some pretty glaring holes have surfaced with the absence of Edwin Diaz and Atlanta has done a great job of exploiting those in games one and two.
Thats the tale of the tape. A series win is always good. A sweep of the Mets would really kick the weekend off right. First pitch is at 7:20 ET and can be seen on Bally Sports South and MLB network.