Braves Beat Mets Again, White Sox Win ‘Cy Young’ Duel

Jonathan Grant | August 17th, 2022

The defending World Series champions are on a roll at the moment, winning for the eighth straight time on Tuesday night by defeating the New York Mets 5-0 in Atlanta. The Braves followed up a 13-1 trouncing on Monday with another calm performance, utilizing a strong showing from Charlie Morton on the mound and a big outing from Matt Olson at the plate to take their NL East rivals down a peg and cut the divisional gap to just 3.5 games.

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Morton threw six 2/3 innings and allowed just three hits- the only three hits the Mets managed all game- while Olson had two RBI hits, one of which was a two-run homer, in the affair. It appears that the division could be up for grabs once again despite the Mets’ strong showing in the Big Apple earlier this month had seemingly put it to bed. Elsewhere, the battle between potential Cy Young contenders was a bit of ‘dud’ as the Chicago White Sox beat the Houston Astros 4-3 at home. Both Dylan Cease and Justin Verlander allowed three runs across the plate as their respective ERA’s ticked upward a bit after the showdown. Neither were a part of the decision ultimately, and you have to say that Verlander is likely still slightly in front of the battle to win the prize.

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