Despite the loss yesterday, the Atlanta Braves are still the only team in baseball at 80 wins and don’t seem to be slowing down. The 80-43 Braves will welcome in the 58-67 New York Mets tonight. The Mets are coming off taking three of four from the Cardinals in St. Louis. That’s back-to-back series wins for what’s left of this Mets roster.
For Game 1 New York will go with lefty David Peterson who is 3-7 with a 5.45 ERA in his 14 starts and six relief appearances this year. Peterson will be opposed by Allan Winans who is 1-0 in two starts for Atlanta with a 1.59 ERA.
Let’s get into the odds for Game 1 down in Atlanta in what was supposed to be a battle for the NL East crown.
Mets vs. Braves odds, run line and total
Mets vs. Braves prediction and pick
The Mets didn’t hold up their end of the bargain in the NL East. Even after Philly’s run to the World Series last year, the Mets were supposed to be the No. 1 contender to the Braves, but they’ve come up short.
A big reason for that is pitching, while they didn’t get much from big names, they’ve gotten even less from guys like Peterson.
Peterson has faced the Braves once this year, allowing four runs through five innings of work. Honestly, that’d be a positive outcome in this one because I expect it to be a lot worse a lot quicker.
Last time out he allowed one run over 3.2 innings against the Pirates, but don’t be fooled. The Pirates just kept stranding runners, because Peterson walked six, but he was fortunately able to avoid the blow up inning.
The Braves will not strand runners. They have the best lineup in baseball and it’s no surprise it’s also the best against lefties. Even their left-handed hitters like Eddie Rosario and Michael Harris II are both hitting right around .300 against lefties, and Matt Olson actually has the most at-bats against left-handers on the team and has an .866 OPS.
The rookie, Winans, is a question mark on the mound, but his last start was against the Mets and he went seven scoreless with nine strikeouts. I think the Braves will be just fine.
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