The New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves wrap their third MLB betting regular season series and first four-game set, which the Bravos hope to split 2-2.
Time: 7:35 PM
Venue: SunTrust Park
Sportsbook odds for fans who bet on baseball:
Mets +1½ (-210) 8½ (EV) +110
Braves -1½ (+175) 8½ (-120) -120
On the mound: Zack Wheeler (RHP, 1-2, 4.78 ERA) has not been able to complete five innings in two of his five starts, and has not gone beyond 5 2/3 in another two. He tossed 96 pitches in 4 2/3 innings and allowed one earned run in his last start. The Georgia native will make his first start of the season against Atlanta. Wheeler went 2-1 with a 1.93 ERA in four career starts at the Braves’ former ballpark Turner Field. Wheeler is the third pitcher with more extension on his four-seam fastball – his 7.1-foot average gives the batter less reaction time.
At bat: Wilmer Flores has four hits, two home runs, and five RBIs in five plate appearances against the Mets’ starter, so it’s safe to expect the Venezuelan infielder back in the starting lineup. Flores spent 13 days on the DL with a staph infection in his right knee.
Recent form: The Metsies have won four of their last games overall and four of their last six on the road following a six-game losing streak in late April.
Trends for fans who bet on baseball: The NY club has only covered in four of the last 17 games and seven of their last 21 versus the Braves but are slowly improving, going 4-2 against the spread in the last six overall and 4-2 ATS in the last six road games. The MLB betting spread has gone over in the Mets’ last five meetings with Atlanta.
Miscellanea: Manager Terry Collins will have a chance to shift Jose Reyes back to the leadoff spot and move Michael Conforto down the order.
On the mound: Jaime Garcia (LHP, 1-1, 3.99 ERA) was the most consistent Braves starter in April, completing at least six innings and giving up two runs in each of his three starts last month. The Mexican pitcher surrendered four runs on six hits in his last start versus the Mets.
At bat: Freddie Freeman is 7-for-14 with a home run, nine walks and five RBIs in 14 plate appearances against Wheeler. Freeman has at least one RBI in three of his last four games versus the Mets, and had home runs in two of those games.
Recent form: The Braves have lost three of their last four games and five of their last six at home. Additionally, Atlanta has lost 13 of the last 17 times hosting the Mets.
Trends for fans who bet on baseball: Atlanta has covered in two thirds of the last 12 games but only in two of the last seven at home and two of the last four against the Mets at SunTrust Park. The MLB betting spread has gone over in five of the Braves’ last six at home versus the Mets.