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Open Thread 7/11: Braves at Mets

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It's the final game of the first half, and if all goes well the Braves will end the day with a 6-game lead in the NL East. That seems amazing just to say, but it's true. A win here today means a 6-game lead over the Mets. If the Phillies lose as well, our lead would be 6.5 over them. At 52-35, we also have the best record in the NL by two games over the Padres.

All that is quite a contrast from where we were 2 months ago: 13-18 and 6 games out of first place. Since then, we've gone 39-17 (.696) and have picked up 11 games in the standings. I love this team, don't you?

Here's the lineup for the first-half finale, which pits Derek Lowe against Johan Santana. Guess what? No B lineup today! It's all the regulars plus Infante in right and Diaz in left:

Lineup

Atlanta Braves @ New York Mets

07/11/10 1:10 PM EDT

Atlanta Braves New York Mets
Martin Prado - 2B Angel Pagan - CF
Omar Infante - RF Alex Cora - 2B
Chipper Jones - 3B David Wright - 3B
Troy Glaus - 1B Ike Davis - 1B
Brian McCann - C Jeff Francoeur - RF
Matt Diaz - LF Chris Carter - LF
Yunel Escobar - SS Rod Barajas - C
Melky Cabrera - CF Ruben Tejada - SS
Derek Lowe - P Johan Santana - P

As a side note, Omar Infante is now hitting .328, thanks to his 7 hits in the first 2 games. He's really, really struggled against Santana in his career; let's hope his hot streak outweighs Santana's mojo. Also, as you can see, there's no Jose Reyes for the Mets.

Now it's time to SWEEP the Mutts! Enjoy the game!