The Atlanta Braves have held at least a share of first place in the National League East for all but two days since May 2, and they'll try to stay there when they host the New York Mets for the finale of a two-game series Wednesday. The Braves began a 14-game stretch against teams with losing records with Tuesday's 8-2 rout of the Mets, improving to 8-3 against New York this season.

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The latest win over the Mets put the Braves back atop the division standings after spending four days tied for the lead with Washington. Freddie Freeman and Ozzie Albies both homered for the Braves in the opener and continue to swing hot bats against New York as Albies owns three homers against the Mets and Freeman is batting .405 with nine RBIs versus New York this season. The Mets have dropped nine of their last 10 and 14 of 17. New York has scored 10 runs in its last eight games, batting .138 as a team over that stretch.

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TV: 12:10 p.m. ET, MLB Network, SNY (New York), FS Southeast (Atlanta)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Mets RH Jacob deGrom (4-1, 1.57 ERA) vs. Braves RH Mike Soroka (1-1, 3.68)

 

Coming off his first loss of the season, deGrom looks to extend his streak of five consecutive quality starts. The 29-year-old hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in his last nine outings and racked up at least eight strikeouts in his last five starts. In 14 starts against the Braves, deGrom is 5-3 with a 1.84 ERA, and he has allowed one run in 18 innings across three meetings this season.

Soroka will come off the disabled list to make his fourth big-league start and his first since May 12 at Miami. The 20-year-old beat the Mets in his debut May 1, allowing one run and six hits over six innings, but he didn't get through five innings in his last two outings. Soroka has compiled 15 strikeouts and just four walks in 14 2/3 innings across his first three major league starts.

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WALK-OFFS

 

1. Freeman is 11-for-23 with four homers during a six-game hitting streak.

2. Mets INF Wilmer Flores (back soreness) began a rehab assignment Tuesday at Class A St. Lucie and is expected to return at some point during the team's 10-game road trip that began Tuesday.

3. Albies, who leads the Braves with 16 home runs, is the second Atlanta second baseman with two grand slams in a season - joining Davey Johnson in 1973.

 

PREDICTION: Mets 3, Braves 2