Thursday MLB Odds Pick on New York Mets at Atlanta Braves
When the grit and heart of your team is called into question, the only way to put that talk to rest is by delivering on the field. The New York Mets have been hearing those questions for a little while now, but they may finally have silenced their critics with a single inning performance for the ages. They will continue their push for the NL East title when they head to Atlanta to face the Braves on Thursday, going in as favorites in the MLB betting lines.
A Quick Look at the Thursday MLB Odds Pick on New York Mets at Atlanta Braves & Game Info
Date: Thursday, September 10, 2015
Venue: Turner Field
Opening Line: Mets -153
— New York Mets (@Mets) September 9, 2015
The Mets (77-61) had seen their lead atop the division cut to 4 games, after the Washington nationals made a solid run over the past week. There were many who believed that the Mets were about to fold, and that it would happen when they faced the Nats in a 3-game series.
New York responded by taking the first game, but it was what they delivered in the second game of the series that may well have shown just how good they are. Down 7-1 heading into the 8th inning, the Mets rallied to score 7 runs and take an 8-7 lead, which they were able to hold on to. If they can complete the sweep on Wednesday, the lead atop the division will be 7 games, which might well be too big for the Nats to overcome. Bartolo Colon (13-11, 4.18 ERA) comes into this one having gone unbeaten in his last 6 starts.
The rate at which the Mets are scoring right now is only matched by the rate at which the Atlanta Braves (55-84) are leaking runs. The number of pitchers that the Braves have used this season is fast approaching 60, which gives you an idea of just how unsettled the line-up has been all year. The starting 9 has rarely been the same two nights in a row, especially in the second half of the season when the Braves started shipping guys out and replacing them with players from AAA ball. They did finally get to see the heavily touted Hector Olivera, who has provided a little bit of offense in his first few starts. Expect him to get better as he gets used to big league pitching. Shelby Miller (5-13, 2.81 ERA) may be the unluckiest pitcher in all of baseball, as he never gets the run support his brilliant pitching efforts deserve.
Key Online Betting Trends
NY Mets is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games
The total has gone OVER in 17 of NY Mets’s last 22 games
NY Mets is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 15 of NY Mets’s last 18 games on the road
Atlanta is 1-13 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta’s last 7 games
Consider This Before Placing Your Bets
Even if the Mets lose on Wednesday, they are still going to come into this series on a high after winning the series versus the Nats. Miller will help keep this close, but the Mets will take advantage as soon as the Braves bullpen is called into action.