National League East Playoff Race is Heating Up


By Noah Sandler, Staff Writer

The playoff race in the National League East going to be a fight to the final days and will be a dramatic finish between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves.

The MLB playoffs always are a fight to the end in some divisions, and this year, that division is the National League East. The Mets (98-58) and the Braves (97-59) are the two teams that have been fighting for the division title all season long. The Mets have only made it to the playoffs 9 times in their history and the Braves are familiar faces with their 23 playoff appearances. The Braves most recently won the World Series in 2021 but the Mets fans have been waiting since 1986 for another world series win. Mets fans have been dying for another championship team and many feel that this is that year.

What was a large Mets division lead earlier in the season, has now shrunk to just 1 game and was even less just a few days ago. With only 6 games left in the season, this is sure to be a fight to the final day. 

Out of the 6 remaining games, 3 of those are against each other this weekend. The Mets-Braves series this weekend will take place on Friday, Saturday, & Sunday at Truist Park in Atlanta. All eyes are going to be on this series as it is the only division that has yet to be clinched in the league. Because of the importance of these three games, two will be on national television, with Saturday’s game being on FOX and Sunday’s game being on ESPN.

Going into this weekend’s series, the Mets’ are listed with a 78.3% chance of winning the division but it is nowhere near being set. After the Mets-Braves series this weekend, the Mets will play a three-game series against the Nationals and the Braves will play a three-game series against the Marlins. There are many ways these final six games will go and many experts are predicting it will take until the final game of the season to determine who that winner will be.

When asked what he thought about the division’s race, Senior Luke Kornhaber said, “It’s gonna come down to the last series, but I think the Mets will sweep it.”

Aside from the Mets and the Braves in the N.L East, the Miami Marlins (64-91) and Washington Nationals (54-101) have been eliminated from playoff contention for quite some time. The Philadelphia Phillies (83-71) are still fighting for the final wild card spot in the National League. It is going to be between the Phillies and the Brewers for the final spot and the Phillies currently have a 0.5 game lead in the race.