5 things to know about the Braves on Friday

The Braves were unable to complete a three-game sweep in Washington on Thursday night, dropping the series finale 5-2.

SunTrust Park’s final homestand of its inaugural season begins Friday night, with Braves-Mets the first of nine games. The Braves face the Mets in six of their remaining 18 games.

Here’s what’s happening with the Braves on Friday:

1. Mike Foltynewicz lost his seventh consecutive start Thursday. He exited in the fourth inning with a cut finger. His recent stretch has derailed what was once a promising summer.

2. A.J. Minter has looked filthy at times coming out of the bullpen. The 24-year-old has shown why so many believe he’s the franchise’s eventual closer.

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3. The Braves’ young talent is providing optimism, the team’s record notwithstanding.

4. Who are the greatest outfielders in Braves history? The AJC’s polls are open.

5. Atlanta is 7-6 in September after going 18-10 across September and October last season. The team will need to finish 15-3 to avoid its fourth consecutive losing campaign. All its remaining games are against the National League East.

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