By Justin Gray
Looking at the schedule for the Braves, you could definitely make an argument that they were faced with the toughest week yet. It held a seven-game homestand against the Mets and Astros, two of the league’s best. The Braves needed to win these especially against the Mets if they wanted to win the division. They did just that, coming out firing on all cylinders and rolling behind rookie Spencer Strider to a 13-1 win.
Game two, veteran Charlie Morton was set to toe the rubber, and he dominated going 6.2 innings with 12 strikeouts and blanking the Mets offense, in a 5-0 win. The Mets flipped the script in Game three winning 9-7 in a shootout led by their Right Fielder Starling Marte’s two homers. Game four was a pitchers duel between two of the game’s best Jacob deGrom vs Max Fried, and Fried would prevail going 7 innings striking out six and surrendering two runs, as the offense squeezed out three against the most dominant pitcher in the game.
The Braves won this pivotal series and moved on to their World Series rematch vs the Houston Astros, who they would remind quickly of what happened last year.
They jumped out to a quick three-run homer off the bat of Austin Riley and that was all they needed as they cruised to a 6-2 victory.
Saturday was a beat down drag out as both teams scored one run through nine innings only for the scoring to explode in the 10th.
The Astros scored 2 in the top and the Braves answered with two in the bottom and they moved on to the 11th where the Braves walked it off 5-4.
Sunday was all Astros after a long close game the Astros took over in the 7th prevailing to a 5-4 victory.
The Braves went 5-2 on this homestand and look forward to finishing the season strong. They head to Pittsburgh for three and St. Louis for three this week.