The Mets used to own the Braves. From 1975 to 1980, New York was 44-28 (.611) against Atlanta. And from 1984 to 1990, the Mets were even better, going 57-27 (.679) against the team they beat in the very first NLCS. But brother, things ain’t what they used to be.
They say a generation is about 20 years, which means we have an entire generation of people who have known only the Braves owning the Mets. From 1991 to 2012, the Braves hold the upper hand, as the Mets have a 139-202 (.408) record against them. In the last 22 years, only twice have the Mets won more games than the Braves – 2006 (11-7) and 1995 (8-5). Since 2001, when the two teams started meeting 18/19 times a year, the Mets have lost double digits to the Braves nine out of 12 years, including last year when they went 6-12 against Atlanta.
Since 1991, 13 SP for the Mets have made at least 75 starts for the team. Here’s how those pitchers have fared against the Braves:
The team’s best pitchers over the past 22 years have gone a combined 19 games under .500 against the Braves. So it’s not like Atlanta is just beating up on the dregs of New York’s pitching staffs. It’s especially alarming that the Braves have gone 5-13 versus Dickey and Santana. At least Niese has pitched well against the division rival.
Over the past two decades, the pitchers who have had the most success against the Braves have been lefties who can hit 90 mph. Leiter, Perez and Niese all had success against Atlanta, unlike fellow lefties Glavine and Santana who do not throw as hard.
In fact, hard throwers might be the key to beating Atlanta. Martinez won three of his five starts against the Braves and had a 1.95 ERA against Atlanta in 2005, when his velocity was at its highest for the Mets.