In what should have been a prime series heading into the series, the New York Mets will now visit Truist Park in survival mode. The Braves, meanwhile, are in their familiar spot atop the National League East and will attempt to put even more distance between themselves and the Mets. The Braves are priced as the moneyline favorites at -180, while the Mets check in at +155.
Mets Continue to Underachieve
The New York Mets come into play with a record of 30-32, good for third place in the National League East, 7.5 games behind the Braves in the division standings. The Mets will be looking to snap a five-game losing streak and try to claw themselves back into the playoff picture. The Mets have allowed 24 runs in the five games, while scoring just 14.
The Mets are led offensively by first baseman Pete Alonso, who is hitting .231, with an MLB-best 22 home runs and 49 RBI. Center fielder Brandon Nimmo leads the Mets with a .284 batting average. The Mets are hitting .238 as a team, good for 23rd in Major League Baseball.
New York will send veteran righthander Justin Verlander to the mound to avoid the sweep. Verlander has a record of 2-3 with a 4.25 ERA. In 36 innings, Verlander has struck out 30 hitters, walked nine, and allowed six home runs. In his previous outing, Verlander went six innings, allowing one run on five hits. He struck out eight and walked three in a 3-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Braves Playing Their Best Baseball of the Season
The Atlanta Braves come into play with a record of 37-24, good for the top spot in the National League East, three games ahead of the Miami Marlins in the division standings. The Braves have won four consecutive games, and will be looking for the sweep Thursday night.
The Braves are led offensively by right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr., who is hitting .331 with 12 home runs and 33 RBI. His .331 clip is second-best in the National League. First baseman Matt Olson leads the team with 17 home runs and 43 RBI. The Braves are hitting .261 as a team, good for sixth in all of baseball.
On Thursday, the Braves will send righthander Spencer Strider to the mound to go for the sweep. Strider has a record of 6-2 with an ERA of 2.97. In 69.2 innings, Strider has struck out 113 hitters, walked 26, and allowed seven home runs. In his previous outing, Strider went six innings, allowing two runs on three hits. He struck out seven and walked four in a 5-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
New York Mets at Atlanta Braves Betting Prediction
In his career, Spencer Strider has a 3-1 record with a 5.03 ERA against the Mets. So, while he has given up runs, he has been able to win against New York. Expect a low-scoring affair with Verlander and Strider on the mound, but don’t expect huge strikeout totals. Both of these teams are in the top half when it comes to putting the ball in play. For value purposes, and just the due factor, the pick to play in this game is the Mets +155.
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