By: Chandler Ragsdale
The Atlanta Braves and New York Mets just wrapped up a three-game set. The Braves went into this series trailing the Mets in the NL East, and they now lead the Mets by 1.5 games. The Braves went into New York and didn’t just take the NL East lead, or win some games, they made a HUGE statement.
For starters, the Braves had to go up against one of the best starting pitchers (pun intended) in the league in Noah Syndergaard. They did enough to beat him in an exhilarating game by scoring 3 1st inning runs. Young pitcher Mike Soroka also had a great debut, going 6 IP and only giving up 1 earned run while he was on the mound (and oh yeah, he’s only 20 years old). Then the next two games the Braves just man-handled the Mets, winning 7-0 on Wednesday night and then 11-0 on Thursday. That put the series run total at a combined 21-2 in favor of the Braves. Not only did the Braves sweep the Mets, but they took the NL East lead with authority.
Yes, it’s only early May, but these “Baby Braves” are legit. I mentioned last week some of the great young players that the Braves have, and then they call up Mike Soroka and he makes a great debut, out dueling Noah Syndergaard. At this point I was just kind of in shock, and then it dawned on me that the Braves are in the hunt THIS SEASON. I mentioned last week that I think that the Braves could win the NL East, but now, I think that they will win the NL East. With all of the young talent, optimism, and great play from this team so far, there’s a lot to be excited about in the ATL. The Baby Braves are on a roll, and it doesn’t look like they’ll be slowing down.