Wiedmer: Braves may not catch the Mets, but they can still repeat as world champs

Atlanta Journal-Constitution photo by Curtis Compton via AP / Atlanta Braves first baseman Matt Olson reaches to tag the New York Mets' Travis Jankowski, who hit a ground ball, in the sixth inning of last Monday's game between the NL East Division rivals at Atlanta's Truist Park.

Is it time to admit that the New York Mets just may be a better baseball team - at least at the MLB All-Star break - than the Atlanta Braves?

Is it time for Braves Country to set its sights on clinching a wild-card bid for the postseason rather than winning the National League East? And if so, does it really matter?

We ask these questions after a week in which the second-place Braves started 1 1/2 games in back of the Mets in the division race and ended one game further back after losing 7-3 to the host Washington Nationals on Sunday. The main culprit for that lost game in the East standings was dropping two of three to New York at Atlanta's Truist Park this past Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.