There are many ways the Braves are ahead of the Mets, but one of the biggest differences between the teams was on display yesterday during yet another of those Dog Day Afternoons here at Turner Field.

The Braves are simply much more athletic than the Mets, and you can start in left field where the Mets play lumbering Lucas Duda while the Braves went out and acquired the marvelous Justin Upton.

This was a game that Jon Niese was clubbed around by the Braves’ hitters, but the Mets’ shaky and stagnant defense did not help the lefty in any way as the Braves rolled to a 9-4 victory.

Duda severely misplayed a fly ball into a two-run double in the Braves’ five-run third inning. Freddie Freeman hit a high drive over his head, but Duda broke in, then moved left and would up getting turned around as the ball landed on the warning track and one-hopped the fence.

“The backdrop is kind of white and it’s kind of tough to get a read on the ball until it goes [above] the stadium,’’ Duda said. “I just got beat.’’

Getting the proper read on fly balls can take a long time and Duda isn’t close to being there. One inning earlier, Dan Uggla hit a towering fly to right-center that would have been tracked down by just about any other outfield in the league, but the ball fell and right fielder Marlon Byrd then kicked it to the wall while center fielder Jordany Valdespin was playing Uggla so far over into left that he was nowhere to be seen on the play.

It was a terrible play. It also was the Braves’ first triple of the season and Uggla’s first in two years.