NEW YORK — Instead of just brushing this off as another series, Braves manager Brian Snitker acknowledged he was excited to see his team match up against the team with the National League’s best record.
“We’ve been seeing the Mets from afar,” Snitker said. “We knew they were a really good team. They did really good things in the offseason. It doesn’t surprise me where they’re at. I’m kind of glad we’re playing them.”
Snitker’s pregame sentiments didn’t change as the Braves opened this four-game series with a 5-2 win over the Mets on Monday night at Citi Field. For one of the first times this year, the reigning World Series champs played like a team capable of defending its title.
Max Fried delivered six strong innings and received necessary support when Ozzie Albies and Travis d’Arnaud, who logged three RBIs in the game, recorded consecutive two-strike hits during a two-run sixth. The win pulled the Braves within five games of the Mets and enhanced excitement about what should be an interesting NL East race for many months to come.