With just six games remaining in the 2022 regular season, the Atlanta Braves will begin their most crucial series yet when they begin a three-game set against the New York Mets Friday night. The Braves enter play Friday one game back in the NL East standings and need to sweep the three-game series in order to claim the tie breaker advantage should the two teams tie at the end of the season.
We will be updating this article with pregame and postgame coverage so be sure to check back throughout the day.
Friday’s series opener will feature a marquee pitching matchup between Atlanta’s Max Fried and New York’s Jacob deGrom. Fried was originally scheduled to pitch in Washington earlier this week, but the Braves opted to give him a few extra days of rest. Starting him Friday also gives them the option of pitching him next Wednesday in Miami in the regular season finale should that game be important. The Mets also juggled their rotation to line up deGrom for Friday night’s game.
The playoff picture for the National League is still unsettled going into the weekend. In addition to the Braves and Mets battling it out for the NL East crown, the Padres currently hold a 2.5 game lead over the Phillies for the second wild card. Philadelphia enters Friday with a just a half game lead over the Brewers for the final wild card spot. The Phillies are scheduled to play a doubleheader in Washington Friday although the weather forecast isn’t good. The Brewers will host the Marlins Friday in a game that will feature a good pitching matchup between Sandy Alcantara and Corbin Burnes.
The Mets are adding catcher Francisco Alvarez to their active roster in time for Friday’s series opener in Atlanta. Alvarez just wrapped up his Triple A season where he hit .234/.382/.443 with nine home runs and a 121 wRC+.
There were initially fears that this weekend’s series in Atlanta would be severely impacted by Hurricane Ian. It appears that they may have dodged that scenario as Ian pushed further east. The forecast for Truist Park is calling for a temperature around 70 for first pitch with a slight chance of rain late in the evening.
The Braves need a playoff caliber performance from Max Fried and might they be catching Jacob deGrom at the right time. He’s allowed at least three runs in three straight starts. However, there is still this:
Jacob deGrom has a 2.08 ERA in 27 starts vs. ATL. That is the lowest ERA produced by any pitcher that has made with at least 25 GS against the Braves during the division era (since 1969). The Mets are 12-15 in these games started by deGrom— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) September 30, 2022
- Mets officially add Francisco Alvarez to the active roster
To make room on the active roster, New York placed Darin Ruf on the 10-day injured list and designated left-handed pitcher Alex Claudio for assignment.
Mets announce:— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) September 30, 2022
Catcher Francisco Álvarez was selected to the Major League roster. Álvarez will wear #50.
INF/OF Darin Ruf was placed on the 10-Day Injured List, retroactive to September 27, with a neck strain.
LHP Alex Claudio was designated for assignment.
- Michael Harris hitting third again for Atlanta. Francisco Alvarez will make major league debut for New York
Michael Harris has been steadily moving up the Braves’ batting order and will slot into the third spot for Friday’s series opener. William Contreras sticks in the lineup as the DH while Orlando Arcia gets another start at second.
- Brian Snitker discussed the playoff feel for this weekend’s series against the Mets and also provided injury updates on the status of Spencer Strider and Ozzie Albies.
Snitker on facing the Mets, injury updates for Spencer Strider and Ozzie Albies https://t.co/i1BL7oSqUl— Kris Willis (@Kris_Willis) September 30, 2022
- Prior to Friday’s game, Austin Riley talked about his recent slump and what it will take to get him going again.
“I like my cage work. I like my BP work,” he said. “It’s just a matter of going out there and executing a plan. It takes one barrel to click and get going again. Just looking forward to that.”
- The Braves also announced Friday that they have signed Charlie Morton to a one-year, $20 million deal for the 2023 season. The deal includes a $20 million club option for 2024.
The Atlanta #Braves today signed RHP Charlie Morton to a one-year contract worth $20 million for the 2023 season, with a $20 million club option for 2024 that does not include a buyout. pic.twitter.com/BnNgQmcv5q— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) September 30, 2022
- Max Fried held the Mets to just one run over five innings and retired the last 10 hitters he faced. However, he did not come back out for the sixth as he was replaced by Collin McHugh despite throwing just 71 pitches. Bally Sports Cameras caught Fried throwing up between innings which led to his exit.
Max Fried is out of tonight's game after five dominant innings.— Bally Sports: Braves (@BravesOnBally) October 1, 2022
Here's what happened in the dugout. pic.twitter.com/CEqGPti9C6
- The Braves homered three times off of Jacob deGrom and then held on at the end as Kenley Jansen pitched out of a bases loaded jam in the ninth for a 5-2 win. With the victory, Atlanta pulls back into a tie with the Mets for the division lead with five games remaining in the regular season.
- Austin Riley on homering off Jacob deGrom, Max Fried’s gutty performance.
"That's that competitor in him."— Bally Sports: Braves (@BravesOnBally) October 1, 2022
Austin Riley discusses how Max Fried was able to shut down the Mets for five innings despite dealing with an illness. pic.twitter.com/yFKWQLfuw8
- Brian Snitker on when he first found out Max Fried was sick and the importance of winning the first game of this weekend’s series.