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MLB Opening Day: Mets Host Young Braves to Open 2017

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Young Braves are Improved

Divisional rivals meet on Monday when the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets meet at Citi Field. 2017 MLB Opening Day will see these two teams square off again and it could be a precursor to a race for the playoffs. If the Mets stay healthy and the Braves can get one more season out of aging Vets Bartolo Colon and R.A. Dickey they will contend as well.

Right hander Julio Teheran will take the mound for the Braves to start this game. Teheran is 0-0 this season with a 0.00 ERA. Teheran has a 7-3 career record with a 2.36 ERA in 15 games (14 starts) against the Mets. The Braves are also hoping to parlay some late-season success into a good start in 2017. Longtime manager Fredi Gonzalez was fired following a 9-28 start. Atlanta went 59-65 under interim skipper Brian Snitker. That includes a 12-2 record in the final 14 games.

Starting this game for the Mets will be Noah Syndergaard. The right hander has a 0.00 ERA to go along with a 0-0 record this season. He has an 0-1 record with a 5.22 ERA in three career starts against the Braves. The Mets are trying to make the postseason for a franchise-record third straight seasons.

Oddsmakers opened the Mets as -155-moneyline favorites versus the Braves, while the game’s total opened at 6.5. The Mets are now -180 and the total is still at 6.5.

The Braves and Mets engaged in fierce NL East races in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Also in a classic six-game NL Championship Series in 1999. But both teams have not finished above .500 and within 10 games of the division lead in the same season since 2007. This year could change all of that.

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Next up:
Atlanta at New York Wednesday, April 5

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