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After 20 years, the Atlanta Braves will be leaving Turner Field, and moving to new park in Cobb County for the 2017 season. I’m sure that there are more than just a few New York Mets fans that would love to be the one to push the button to implode the stadium, given the Mets 67-106 record in the regular season, and 0-3 in the only playoff series there in 1999. However, the Braves did reach an agreement to turn the stadium into a College Football venue once they leave, so the stadium will stay
After taking 2 out of 3 this weekend in Atlanta, they moved ahead of St. Louis by half a game in the race for the second Wild Card spot, and are also only 1.5 back of the Giants for the top spot.
Here are the 3 stars for the series:
Seth Lugo: 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 Hits allowed, 1 BB, 5 K’s
Lugo continued his stellar start in the rotation by becoming the ‘stopper’ (using that term loosely) after the heartbreaking extra-inning loss on Saturday that ended the 6 game win streak. The offensive explosion helped Lugo, but his numbers continue to impress, with a 2.38 ERA, .98 WHIP, and 32 Strikeouts in 41.2 IP.
Asdrubal Cabrera : 5 for 14, Triple, 4 Runs, RBI
Again, consistency has been Cabrera’s trademark the past few weeks, hitting .323 in September. Cabrera was able to step up and set the table even though Jose Reyes cooled off this series, only going 2 for 14.
Yoenis Cespedes: 4 for 13, 2 Home Runs, Grand Slam, 4 Runs, 6 RBI’s
Part of the reason for Cabrera’s 4 Runs scored this weekend was that Cespedes was batting behind him. For the second straight season, Cespedes has not only reached the 30-Home Run Plateau, but his late season production is leading the Mets back into playoff contention.
The next three nights are going to be key in the Wild Card race. The Mets go to Washington for their last 3 games this season against a tem with a winning record. If they can take 2 out of 3, it would go a long way to solidifying their lead over the Cardinals, who face off against the Chicago Cubs. Meanwhile the Giants host the Padres.