Braves Look to Even Series Against Mets
The New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves meet on Sunday night at SunTrust Park. The Mets lead the 4 games series 2-1, so the Braves will be looking to even the series in the finale. Tonight will showcase two of the quickest workers, and two pitchers who throw a lot of strikes with success. It should be a close game that moves along very quickly. The rain has moved out of the area and the wind is howling while the temperature will dip into the mid-40’s early in the game.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Mets RH Jacob deGrom (2-1, 3.18 ERA) vs. Braves RH Julio Teheran (1-1, 6.00)
One of the biggest story lines in baseball last season was the lack of run support the Mets provided Jacob deGrom during his Cy Young winning season. So far in 2019 they have produced plenty of offense for their ace. New York has scored 16 runs in deGrom’s first three starts. They scored three runs or fewer in 21 of his 32 starts a season ago. Only producing one run or fewer on nine occasions.
The Mets aim to win the four-game series despite the Braves matching a season high 13 hits in Saturday’s 11-7 win. The win snapped New York’s three-game winning streak. Six different Atlanta hitters recorded multiple hits. The Braves got the first homers of the season from third baseman Josh Donaldson and right fielder Nick Markakis. Shortstop Dansby Swanson drove in three runs to move into fourth place in the majors with 18 RBIs. Atlanta beat a National League East rival for just the third time in nine tries this season, as they dominated the East last year. New York infielder Jeff McNeil had two hits and an RBI in the loss. He extended his hitting streak to four games (7-for-18 in that span).
This, That, and a Dart Throw
The Mets’ deGrom, and his streak of consecutive quality starts ended at 26 on Tuesday against Minnesota. He allowed six runs on eight hits. The real kicker is he had only three strikeouts in four innings. He looked like his dominant self in his first two outings, striking out 24 hitters in 13 scoreless innings. He had two walks, eight hits and no walks in victories over Washington and Miami. deGrom pitched outstanding against the Braves last season but received no support. He posted a 0.88 ERA but going 1-2 in six starts.
The forgotten man in the Atlanta Braves young rotation is the old man amongst them. He is a an ancient 28-years old. Julio Teheran has started the season strong. He has one bad inning in his last start Monday at Colorado skewing his numbers. Teheran gave up six runs in the fifth against the Rockies and finished with five hits allowed in five innings. He earned his first victory in an 8-6 Atlanta win. Teheran had struck out 14 with just four runs given up in his first two starts. He went 1-2 with a 1.65 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP in five starts against New York in 2018. Donaldson recorded his second straight multi-hit game. He extended his hitting streak to six games (8-for-23 in that stretch) after beginning the season 4-for-27.
The Dart Throw: Braves 3, Mets 2
MLB Betting Odds & Trends
|New York Mets|
|NY Mets is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games on the road|
|NY Mets is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road|
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of NY Mets’s last 8 games on the road|
|NY Mets is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Atlanta|
|NY Mets is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Atlanta|
|NY Mets is 12-6 ATS in its last 18 games when playing on the road against Atlanta|
|NY Mets is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 10 of NY Mets’s last 13 games|
|Atlanta is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing NY Mets|
|Atlanta is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing NY Mets|
|Atlanta is 6-12 ATS in its last 18 games when playing at home against NY Mets|
|Atlanta is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games|
|Atlanta is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home|
|Atlanta is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games at home|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta’s last 6 games at home|
New York at Philadelphia Monday, April 15
Atlanta home to Arizona Tuesday, April 16
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