Odds, Picks and Predictions
- The Atlanta Braves are 54-52 against the run line so far this season.
- The New York Mets are 57-48 against the run line so far this year.
- The Braves are 28-19 against the run line when playing on the road.
- The Mets are 23-26 against the run line when playing at their home ballpark.
- Atlanta is 12-10 against the run line as an underdog this year.
- New York is 42-36 against the run line as a favorite this year.
The Atlanta Braves (63-43) and New York Mets (67-38) prepare to face off in an instrumental NL East matchup. The Mets took Game One by a final score of 6-4. New York is looking to hold onto their 4.5-game lead heading into Friday.
The Mets have won four of their past five games and are 9-1 in their past ten games. New York is one of the hottest teams in baseball at the moment.
The Braves are playing a far more mediocre brand of baseball. Atlanta is 5-5 over their past ten contests. However, the Braves have dropped their last two games in a row.
This has the makings of a tremendous ball game. It will feature a playoff atmosphere.
The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM PST on Friday, August 5th, at Citi Field in New York.
Atlanta Braves at New York Mets Odds
The Braves are the underdogs in this game. They typically play the role of favorites, so it will be interesting to see how they respond in Game Two of this five-game set.
The Mets are favorites, but it isn’t clear-cut. The odds are slim, and this is a game that could go either way. We can expect another good ball game and a competitive ending.
The over/under is listed at a fairly high 8.5. That seems like the correct total, as both of these offenses are capable of producing a good amount of runs at any given moment.
And if Thursday’s 6-4 final score is an indication of anything, rolling with the over on the listed total will be the best bet.
But which team should you place your money on? Who will cover the run line on Friday night?
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Atlanta Braves at New York Mets Betting Preview
Atlanta Braves Preview
The Braves dropped a competitive game on Thursday.
Kyle Wright went six innings and surrendered six runs. The bullpen didn’t surrender any more runs after he was removed from the game, but the Braves’ offense was unable to overcome New York’s six runs.
Offensively, Ronald Acuna Jr homered in the game. But the Braves simply did not do enough to win.
Atlanta is 10th in batting average, 16thin OBP, third in slugging percentage, fourth in runs, and second in home runs hit. Pitching-wise, Atlanta is sixth ERA, seventh in WHIP, second in home runs allowed, and fourth in batting average against.
RHP Ian Anderson (9-6, 4.99) is the probable starter for Atlanta on Friday. He’s labored this year but pitched well in his most recent outing. The Braves are hopeful he can find his rhythm down the stretch as they try to catch the Mets in the NL East.
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The Mets took care of business on Thursday. Carlos Carrasco allowed three runs over six innings while striking out six. Carrasco wasn’t dominated, but he pitched fairly well.
Adam Ottavino followed Carrasco by surrendering one more run, but the Mets bullpen got the job done in the end. Edwin Diaz pitched two excellent innings and struck out three batters.
The Mets blasted four home runs in the game as well. Pete Alonso, Daniel Vogelbach, and Tyler Naquin all homered in the contest. Naquin hit two of the Mets’ four bombs in the contest.
Offensively, New York is fifth in batting average, third in OBP, 10th in slugging percentage, fifth in runs scored, and 16th in home runs. Meanwhile, the Mets are fifth in ERA, fifth in WHIP, 16th in home runs surrendered, and sixth in batting average against.
New York is aiming to take a commanding 2-0 series lead on Friday. And they are in good hands, as Taijuan Walker (9-2, 2.79) is the scheduled starter for the Mets. Walker has excelled this year.
The Braves are dealing with quite a few injuries.
Mike Ford and Adam Duvall are both on the 10-day IL. Ford has a neck strain, while Duvall is dealing with a sprained wrist.
Darren O’Day is on the 15-day IL with a strained calf. Meanwhile, players such as Ozzie Albies and Mike Soroka remain on the 60-day IL.
Injuries have certainly played a role for the Braves this season. But for the most part, they have held their own despite the various ailments.
The Mets have some notable injuries as well. Dominic Smith is on the 10-day IL with a sprained ankle. Drew Smith is on the 15-day IL with a lat strain.
Tylor Megill is still on the 60-day IL with a strained shoulder.
Fortunately for New York, Jacob deGrom made his 2022 MLB debut last week. His return alone gives the Mets a major boost of momentum as the team gears up for the second half.
Atlanta Braves at New York Mets Picks and Predictions
So which team should you take with your Friday night betting selection?
This is a game that could realistically go either way. But Ian Anderson has shown signs of his old self as of late. He could be in line for a strong outing.
Sure, Taijuan Walker has been good. But it is difficult to keep the Braves lineup down for long. In what should be another close game between these rivals, I like the Braves as the road underdog.
Roll with the Atlanta Braves +1.5 in this Friday night ball game.
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