5-at-10: Braves' big beginning, Tiger talk on Tour, Alabama's poll dominance

Atlanta Braves center fielder Michael Harris II (23) makes a running catch on a fly ball from New York Mets Jon Berti in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Big start

Take that Metropolitans. (Side question: Metropolitans as a nickname, friend or foe?)

Game 1 of a critical - way more so for Atlanta than the Mets - four-game series at Truist Park in Smyrna became a soggy tail-whipping.

The Braves got just about everything they could have hoped for in the 13-1 win.

Spencer Strider went five strong innings despite the game being stalled for more than an hour because of rain.The Mets went deep into their bullpen, which Atlanta peppered after the rain drops.

Ronald Acuña and Dansby Swanson combined for six hits from the top two spots of the order, and every Braves player who went to the plate Monday night got at least one hit.