Braves fans will have a hard time digesting John Smoltz’s big take on the Mets in the middle of the NL East race
John Smoltz is a legend, especially in the eyes of Atlanta Braves fans, but the Hall of Famer was quick to call the New York Mets ‘the team to beat’ in the National League in a recent appearance on the FLippin’ Bats. Podcast. That’s despite the role the Braves have recently had.
The @Mets and @Braves are now LINKED in the NL East 👀👀@BenVerlander is joined by John Smoltz to discuss how the Braves have caught up with the Mets and how the rest of the divisional race will unfold 👇
— Flippin’ Bats Podcast (@FlippinBatsPod) September 7, 2022
Smoltz acknowledged the Braves’ kind of scorching stretch, but he also cautioned against getting too excited about the team’s recent winning streak, saying baseball has a way of toppling teams in a moment. At the time of his guest on said podcast, the Braves had a six-game winning streak. It’s now been seven games since the Braves beat the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night on the road, 7-3.
For Smoltz, the schedule will play a big role in determining who, between the Braves and the Mets, will win when all is said and done in the regular season. He noted that the Mets have a favorable schedule ahead, while Atlanta has two more West Coast series pending after dealing with the A’s. The Braves will face the Seattle Mariners for a series at T-Mobile Park and the San Francisco Giants right after that at Oracle Arena.
The Braves will have a three-game end-of-season series with the Mets beginning on September 30 – a game that could very well determine the winner of the division.