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Mets Prepare for Braves and Hurrican Ian

With a loss to the Miami Marlins on Tuesday, the Mets dropped right into a tie on the prime of the Nationwide League East with the Atlanta Braves. A sequence between the rivals looms this weekend, as does the opportunity of delays and disruptions brought on by Hurricane Ian.

In consequence, the following 5 days kind a vital stretch. The Mets or the Braves can clinch a division title and earn a useful first-round bye within the playoffs. However issues might get difficult, significantly if one of many video games between them must be pushed till the day after the common season is scheduled to finish.

“We all know what’s occurring,” Mets Supervisor Buck Showalter informed reporters on Tuesday as he emphasised that the crew wanted to get via its sequence with Miami earlier than fascinated about Atlanta or the climate. “I actually don’t wish to put a concentrate on that, as a result of our guys have finished an amazing job of staying on job.”

The Mets conclude a two-game sequence in opposition to the Marlins on Wednesday. Jesús Luzardo is scheduled to begin for the Marlins in opposition to Taijuan Walker of the Mets. Walker has light some within the second half, simply as he did final season, however this can be his most vital begin for the crew. The Mets hope, on the very least, to protect a tie atop the division earlier than the sequence in Atlanta.

The Braves, in the meantime, are ending a three-game sequence in opposition to the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night time, having to this point outscored Washington by 16-2 over the primary two video games. Jake Odorizzi of the Braves will face Josiah Grey of the Nationals in an underwhelming matchup of back-end starters.

Hurricane Ian might have devastating results on Florida, with excessive wind and doubtlessly life-threatening storm surges, in line with the Nationwide Climate Service. The storm is predicted to go north into Georgia, the place it shouldn’t be as extreme however might generate excessive winds and an excessive amount of rain.

Friday night time’s forecast within the Atlanta space requires a 20 p.c likelihood of rain within the afternoon, and a 50 p.c likelihood after 9 p.m., with wind gusts of as much as 25 miles per hour. Saturday has a 50 p.c likelihood of rain all day and night time, and Sunday has a 30 p.c likelihood.

With the groups so shut to one another within the standings, and so few days left within the common season, the flexibility to make up any misplaced video games is compromised. Choices to account for the climate embrace shifting Friday night time’s recreation to the afternoon as a substitute — each groups are off Thursday, lightening the burden of such a transfer — or doubtlessly making up a misplaced Saturday recreation by enjoying a doubleheader Sunday.

Presently there are not any plans to maneuver the Mets-Braves sequence up a day or shift it to an alternate web site. However there may be precedent for the latter, with video games having been moved for hurricanes previously.

Oct. 6, the day after the common season ends, is an open day on the schedule and may very well be used to make up a recreation ought to the division not but be determined, however that might be lower than ideally suited as it could imply the dropping crew has no relaxation earlier than a three-game wild-card sequence is performed over three days.

Sure, the postseason format was upended within the new collective bargaining settlement. The one-elimination wild-card recreation was scrapped, a 3rd wild card was added to every league, and two three-game wild-card sequence have been created: The bottom seeded division winner — the St. Louis Cardinals within the Nationwide League — would host three video games in three days in opposition to the No. 3 wild card, and the No. 1 wild card would host an analogous sequence in opposition to the No. 2 wild card.

Whereas it must be much less risky than the earlier one-game setup, the dearth of relaxation and the best-of-three format are nonetheless undesirable outcomes in contrast with the relative security of being one of many prime two division winners, each of which can skip that spherical, get further relaxation and advance on to a division sequence.

The fates have aligned in that regard, with three consecutive video games during which the pitching must be excellent.

On Friday, Chris Bassitt of the Mets is scheduled to begin in opposition to Atlanta’s Max Fried. Bassitt, a 2021 All-Star with Oakland, has a 3.27 E.R.A. for the Mets and has been heating up with an 8-1 document and a couple of.25 E.R.A. over his final 10 begins. Fried, who was an All-Star this yr (and received the World Sequence-clinching Recreation 6 final yr), has a 2.50 E.R.A. and has not allowed greater than three earned runs in a recreation since June 14.

On Saturday, Jacob deGrom of the Mets is up in opposition to Atlanta’s Kyle Wright. DeGrom is among the prime pitchers in baseball, and has been near his common requirements since coming back from greater than a yr away with a 2.93 E.R.A. in 10 begins, although he’s coming off his worst outing of the season. Wright, at 20-5, is the majors’ solely 20-game winner this season and solely the fifteenth pitcher to succeed in that mark within the final 10 seasons, in line with Baseball Reference.

The sequence would conclude Sunday with Max Scherzer of the Mets going through Atlanta’s Charlie Morton. Scherzer has lived as much as his massive contract regardless of just a few stints on the injured record, with a 2.13 E.R.A. in 22 begins. Morton can’t match the star energy of his opponent, however the 38-year-old in his fifteenth main league season is thought for rising to the event — he might have gotten three outs in a World Sequence recreation final yr regardless of having damaged his leg.

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