After playing like absolute trash in Queens last week, the Atlanta Braves responded by landing a 13-1 haymaker on the New York Mets in Game 1 of their latest rivalry series in The Battery.
Atlanta played its worst series of baseball after dropping four of five in Queens last week. The Braves were within striking distance of overtaking their most hated rival in the division but came out flatter than a three-day-old 2-liter of Coca-Cola. Pepsi may have been better in that trip to one of the Five Boroughs, but you better believe the Braves were Battery-throwing entering Game 1.
The Braves absolutely cleaned the Mets’ clock on Monday night. After an hour rain delay, the Braves laid the hammer down like Hank to obliterate the Mets 13-1 to take Game 1 and pick up a game on New York.
Here are some of the best things from the Braves’ blowout victory you might have missed.
Atlanta Braves obliterate New York Mets in series opener: 3 big takeaways
3. Mets fans lost their minds over William Contreras liking the trumpet, too
Edwin Diaz may have his music for when he comes out of the bullpen in Queens, but William Contreras uses the same song when he comes to the plate in Atlanta. Mets fans could not possibly comprehend somebody else thinking trumpets were cool. Not only did Wild Bill get wild alright, but Truist Park also blared “Narco” as Contreras hit a solo shot into Chattahoochee Falls over centerfield.
2. Spencer Strider backed up “soft contact” comments with five strong innings
Spencer Strider was too busy being Stache N Gas to care what the New York media thinks about him. He made a comment about the Mets getting lucky with “soft contact” in the previous series in Queens. Despite a rain delay attempting to slow him down, Strider picked five innings of three-hit ball, while striking out four in a statement performance for the Atlanta rookie right-hander.
1. Ronald Acuña Jr. is officially back to being Ronald Acuña Jr. at the plate
While he did throw a fly ball that was recorded for out No. 2 deep into the Atlanta sky, Ronald Acuña Jr. looks to be back, baby! That’s right. Atlanta’s most talented player went three-for-five at the plate, scoring two runs and knocking in three with his three doubles. Now that Acuña is starting to finally see the ball well, this could take the potent Atlanta offense to another level.
Although position players are not going to pitch in the next three, Atlanta will happily take Game 1.