Originally written on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 10/28/14

By SBRForum.com

If RA Dickey could throw every game, and in actuality he might be able to, the New York Mets might have a chance to crawl back into the National League playoff situation. But of course that first proposition won’t happen, so neither, it appears, will the second.

After Dickey helped the Mets stave off a sweep by the Miami Marlins Thursday, New York now looks to keep its very faint playoff hopes alive when it welcomes in the Atlanta Braves to Citi Field for three games this weekend.

The Situation

The Mets just dropped two of three games at home to Miami, avoiding the sweep Thursday with a 6-1  victory behind a complete game from Dickey, who now leads the National League with 15 wins.

So New York, at 54-58, sits 9.5 games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates in the battle for the second National League Wild-Card spot.

Atlanta, meanwhile, just took two of three games in Philly, taking that series rubber match Thursday 12-6, breaking open a tie game with four runs in the seventh inning.

So the Braves, at 64-47, sit 4.5 games back of first-place Washingtonin the NL East, but they also own the top NL Wild-Card spot.

This Weekend’s Arms Battles

New York will throw rookie Matt Harvey (1-2, 3.86) Friday night, Johan Santana (6-7, 3.98) Saturday and Jon Niese (8-6, 3.82) Sunday, while Atlanta will counter with newly acquired Paul Maholm (9-7, 3.75), Kris Medlen (2-1, 2.37) and the pleasantly surprising Ben Sheets (4-1, 1.41).

The Mets are 1-2 in Harvey’s starts this year, 9-10 in Santana’s starts and 10-12 in Niese’s starts.

The Braves, meanwhile, lost Maholm’s first and only start for them so far, a 3-2 decision to Houston.  Atlanta is also 2-0 in Medlen’s starts and 4-1 in Sheets’ starts.

Tit for Tat

The Mets won the first four games in this season series this year, but the Braves have won the last five.

For What It’s Worth

New York had a good run earlier this season, but for various reasons is fading.  Atlanta, on the other hand, has won five series in a row.  So for those out there looking for MLB picks on this series we like the Braves in every game this weekend in which Dickey doesn’t pitch.

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