Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 9/28/12

 

 

It’s been a while since we’ve seen the New York Mets play this well and at the end of the day, it might turn out that this doesn’t mean very much, but it’s still nice to see them at least appear to be heading in the right direction.

The Mets have had a very lousy season overall but they’ve won six of their last seven games and have a real chance to head into the offseason with some momentum. This comes on the heels of a stretch where the Mets dropped 13 of 15, leaving their fans down in the dumps. Now the team has made a u-turn and is at least presenting some glimmers of hope for the future. The Mets have only won six of seven one other time this season (in early May) and haven’t done better than that.

They’ll have a chance to top that streak on Friday when they visit the Atlanta Braves. They’ll be there over the weekend before heading to Miami to wrap up their regular season.

The men on the mound will be Jonathon Niese, Chris Young and Jenrry Mejia. Niese should give the Mets an excellent chance to win as he’s pitched well against the Braves this season. In three starts, he’s 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA, a WHIP of 1.00 and the Braves are battling .181 against them.

Atlanta will counter with Tim Hudson, Mike Minor and Kris Medlen.

One thing MLB odds makers will have to figure out is just how much effort the Braves will be putting into these contests. They’ve already clinched a playoff spot, so there’s no need for them to over exert themselves. The Mets have really struggled with the Braves this season, so having the Braves take their foot off the gas might help the Mets finally get an edge and keep their momentum going.

We’ll find out on Friday night as first pitch is at 7:35 p.m. Eastern.

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