The Mets are back in the hunt for a third straight NL East title with a win over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night.
The Mets are 11 games back of the Braves for the division lead after they defeated the Atlanta Brewers on Sunday.
They’re also six games behind for the second wild card spot after the Phillies fell to the Cardinals in 10 innings on Tuesday night.
Here’s a rundown of everything you need to know heading into Thursday’s game at Citizens Bank Park:Who: Braves (19-31)The Braves have won just three of their last 12 games, including a 6-3 loss to the Mets on Tuesday.
The last time they beat the Mets was on May 25, 1993, a 2-1 win in New York.
The Braves will try to stay afloat in a division that is tied for first place in the NL East, though they are three games behind the Nationals for the fourth wild card slot.
They have five games in hand over the Nationals, who have a game in hand.
How the game will be played: Thursday will be the third and final time the Braves play in a neutral site.
They’ll play the Mets at 7:10 p.m.
It will be their last day of spring training before the regular season begins.
The schedule is still fluid and the Braves have yet to officially announce their rotation for the game.
However, there is no reason to think they won’t be playing an all-star lineup in addition to some of the younger players that the Braves drafted last spring.
Here are some key storylines to watch for in Thursday’s contest:• The Braves have three players who are under control for the 2019 season.
The most likely is left-hander Justin Verlander, who is under team control for two more seasons.
The other is outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who was a first-round pick last year.
They are expected to have a new contract ready to go in the offseason.• Verlander has a 1.94 ERA in 14 starts.
The Braves are 9-2 in his starts, and he’s posted a 1:14 ERA in eight starts with Triple-A Nashville.• The Mets have five players under control through 2021.
The least likely to be traded is right-hander Wilmer Flores, who’s owed $11.5 million through the 2019 campaign.
He has a 4.69 ERA in seven starts with the Mets this season.• Braves starting pitcher Austin Romine is coming off a career-high 10-game winning streak, and his ERA is 5.10.
Romine’s ERA is the lowest by a pitcher since Josh Johnson went 8-0 with a 1,721 ERA in 2008.• A wild-card berth is on the line.
The Mets, with four games left in the season, are still a wild-Card contender.
They beat the Dodgers to advance to the NLDS last year, then lost to the Cubs in the NLCS.
The Cardinals, meanwhile, have one game in Hand and three in the standings.
They were the wild card winners last year and have lost only two games in Hand this season, a 6.0-game loss to Philadelphia.