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Braves News: Sunday struggles continue, Ian Anderson optioned to Gwinnett, more

Atlanta’s struggles in the Big Apple continued on Sunday.

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Atlanta Braves Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

This weekend was a perfect storm of struggles for the Braves.

After a 5-2 loss to the Mets on Sunday, the Braves are now 6 12 games behind the Mets in the NL East race with 52 games left in the 2022 season. Sure, the Braves pursuit of the NL East crown is not over. But this past weekend proves it is going to be a very tough hill to climb for Atlanta to win the NL East for a fifth straight season.

The Mets benefitted from some luck this weekend, especially offensively. However, the Mets were clearly the better team this weekend in all three facets of the game: at the plate, on the mound, and in the field. Once the Mets got a sizeable lead in the last three games of the series, the Braves did not have an answer.

The big key for the Braves now is to make sure their remaining games with the Mets are meaningful for the division crown. Fortunately, before their next series against the Mets, the Braves have a pretty manageable schedule to earn some wins. However, the only way they can accomplish that goal is to once again play like a team that was easily among the top 5 teams in baseball over the past two months. With two off-days this week to refocus, the hope is that Atlanta will find a groove in August of 2022 similar to the one they found in August of 2021.

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