The Atlanta Braves and New York Mets entered Saturday scheduled to play a doubleheader. Since teams are able to add an extra player for doubleheaders, Atlanta made the decision to promote former Mets pitcher Allan Winans to start the first contest, per Lindsay Crosby of Sports Illustrated. The roster move was overlooked by many but it ultimately paid major dividends for Atlanta and left the Mets with frustrations.

Winans turned in a terrific seven-inning performance Saturday. He struck out nine hitters and did not allow a run. The Braves lead the Mets 13-0 as of this story's publication, placing Winans in a very favorable position to get the victory.

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The Mets could have kept Winans on their roster. However, New York didn't protect him prior to the 2021 offseason's Rule 5 Draft and the Braves added him to their roster, per Anthony DiComo of

Braves: Who is Allan Winans?

Winans initially joined the Mets in 2018. After bouncing around New York's farm system, the Braves claimed the pitcher in 2021 in the Rule 5 Draft. The 28-year old made his MLB debut in 2023 but has primarily pitched in the minor leagues. Perhaps this outing versus the Mets will lead the Braves to give him more chances down the road.

It should be noted that the Mets did not exactly roll out their best lineup for the first game of the doubleheader. Still, Winans did a magnificent job of navigating through the batting order and giving the Braves a chance to win.

Atlanta may consider making certain roster moves as the 2023 season continues on, but this team is more than ready for a deep playoff run.