New York At Atlanta 2017 MLB Expert Predictions
If you were to remove the Washington Nationals from the equation, there would be a pretty decent race going on in the NL East. The Nationals have built up an 11.5-game lead over the 2nd place Atlanta Braves, but the gap between 2nd and 5th is just 4 games. The reality is that the Nationals are in that division, which means the remaining four teams are all essentially fighting for table scraps. Two of those teams will hook up for a weekend series as they hope to somehow try and cut into the lead at the top.
The Atlanta Braves will be in their new home at Suntrust Park, and will be welcoming in the NY Mets, a team who have had more than their fair share of issues on and off the field this season. The Braves have delivered exactly what we expected from them this year, but the Mets have been a huge disappointment. These two teams seem pretty evenly matched, which makes for a fun betting series.
In Depth Analysis On The Mets At Braves 2017 MLB Expert Predictions
When: Friday, June 9 at 7:35 PM EST
Where: Suntrust Park, Atlanta
Starting Pitchers: Matt Harvey Vs Julio Teheran
TV: SNY, FSSO
Radio: ESPN Deportes, 710 WOR, Braves Radio Network, Le Mejor 1600/1460/1130 AM, 680 AM / 93.7 FM
Live Stream: MLB.TV
MLB Odds: Atlanta Braves Moneyline -115
Why bet on the New York Mets
The New York Mets (25-32) are a team in some real trouble, as they have had to deal with injuries and players causing issues of the field, all of which has had an impact on what they do on the field. Perhaps the biggest disappointment of all has been the performance of the pitching staff, which has a combined 4.98 ERA, good for 29th in the league. When this team loses, which they do regularly, they seem to get blown out in a big way. When you look at their last 3 losses, you will see that they have lost by a combined score of 33-16. They do play a little better on the road than at home, but are still 2 games under .500. Matt Harvey (4-3, 5.43 ERA) seems to have settled down after his recent dispute with the team, and is undefeated in his last 4 starts.
Why bet on the Atlanta Braves
The Atlanta Braves (25-32) are a team that are still partway through a major rebuild, and we are getting perhaps a little more from them than we expected this season. The pitching, which was once the trademark of this franchise, has not been great this season, but they have flashed a little more power than we might have expected. The Braves have been a fun team to watch, and are competitive more often than not. Atlanta are just 4-6 in their last 10 games, and are 4-5 versus the Mets in previous meetings this season. Julio Teheran (5-4, 5.40 EA) will be looking for his 3rd straight win in this one.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
These two pitches have been playing well of late, so we might be in for a little bit of a treat here. The Braves bats are hotter than those of the Mets, which may be enough to give them the edge on Friday night.