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This Week's Braves-Mets Series Is as Good as Regular Season Baseball Gets

The three-game series between the Braves and Mets this week has all you could possibly ask for out of Major League Baseball in July. Atlanta has cut New York's 10.5-game division lead to just 1.5 in a little over a month. You have two bonafide World Series contenders going at it with the NL East lead on the line right before the All-Star break. Max Scherzer (5-1, 2.26 ERA) takes on Max Fried (9-2, 2.52 ERA) in the first game of the series.

This is going to rock.

The next 72 hours could send Mets fans into an absolute tailspin. They've put on a brave face for the last five weeks and acted like everything was ok — pointing to an ever-dwindling division lead in June to the defending World Series champions, if that gives you an idea of what Mets fans define as success — but very soon, they'll once again have nothing. I need a sweep like I need air.

Remember when the NL East was over in May?

Everyone has had this series circled on the calendar since Atlanta started its 29-8 run on June 1. It takes a little bit of the wind out of the sails that it isn't on a weekend, but Truist Park will still be sold out and rocking tonight. These are the series that make 162 games worth it.

And to add to it all, the Braves acquired Robinson Canó just in time to hopefully add an extra little kick to the coin pouch for Mets fans when he delivers a big hit in the series.

Let's get it going. I can't wait.