Atlanta Braves at New York Mets: Basketball Betting

Baseball betting for the 2010 season begins with exhibition action on Tuesday as the New York Mets host the Atlanta Braves in Grapefruit League action.

The MLB betting odds on this game are close and the advantage might actually be with the road team Braves in this game.

Baseball betting has Tommy Hanson getting the start for the Braves on Tuesday while Nelson Figueroa goes for the Mets.  Keep in mind with baseball betting during the exhibition season that pitchers are not listed.  Early in spring training the starters will usually only go two or three innings.  The advantage early in this baseball betting contest will definitely be with the Braves since Hanson is far better than Figueroa.  The Mets and Braves also play on Wednesday as the Braves will be home at Port St. Lucie and Tim Hudson will start for Atlanta in that game.  The Mets will be going with Fernando Nieve on Wednesday.

Just because Hanson is starting the exhibition opener does not mean he will start the regular season opener. In fact, that honor will go to Derek Lowe.  Hanson and Jair Jurrjens may be considered better pitchers but Lowe has the edge in experience. Lowe will start the exhibition season on Friday as he makes his season debut against the Nationals. Jurrjens has a sore shoulder so don’t look for him to make any starts for at least a week in baseball betting.

The Braves might also have the baseball betting edge in the bullpen on Tuesday. Their top two middle relievers, Peter Moylan and left-hander Eric O'Flaherty are scheduled to pitch.

The Mets are more up in the air about their pitching plans. Overall, the Mets simply don’t look as strong across the board as the Braves. The Mets will be without Carlos Beltran to start the season and they are counting on Angel Pagan and Gary Matthews Jr. to fill the void.  A healthy Jose Reyes will be interesting to watch this baseball betting season as he is a huge key to how well the Mets will do. New York simply has holes though as the lineup is weak at the top if Pagan and Luis Castillo are hitting in front of Reyes. David Wright and Jason Bay are solid but Daniel Murphy, Jeff Francoeur and Rod Barajas don’t inspire a lot of MLB betting confidence.