Mets vs Braves MLB Betting predictions

Mets vs Braves Week 8
Mets vs Braves MLB betting predictions

The Braves host the Mets in Atlanta and will send Tucker Davidson, who they just called up from AAA ball to the mound to get his first ‘21 start. The Mets haven’t named a starter although it is David Peterson’s turn in the rotation. This likely means that either Joey Lucchesi will start or that the Mets will use their bullpen in game 2 in Atlanta. The Mets are in first in the NL East and whichever way they go (Lucchesi or bullpen) in this one I give them a slight advantage facing Davidson. My pick is the Mets to win on the road.

Mets vs Braves betting odds

Maybe the New York Mets should travel with a mobile M.A.S.H unit. It might make sense as New York has placed 13 players on injured reserve since May 7th – ouch. Sunday and Monday the Mets placed 5 more players on the list including starter Jacob deGrom (10 day) and starting third baseman Jeff McNeil.

Lots of news here if you are betting with online sportsbooks in NJ as Tuesday the Mets, who are in first in the NL East as of Monday, are in Atlanta for game 2 of 3. New York has not yet named a starting pitcher, and while it is Peterson’s turn in the rotation, by not naming a starter we have to assume that he won’t start and that Mets’ Manager Luis Rojas will either start Joey Lucchesi, who is 0-3 on the road with a sky high 11.68 ERA, or more likely that Rojas will let Lucchesi off the hook and go with a bullpen start in this one.

If Rojas goes with his bullpen it has a 3.87 ERA on the season and a 1.87 WHIP and 9 holds. Situation will obviously determine who will get into the game but the Mets closer is Edwin Diaz who has 5 saves with 4 on the road and a 4.11 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.

As mentioned the Mets are really banged up, still as a team they have the 8th highest on base percentage at .319 on the season. Mets first baseman Pete Alonso has yet been placed on the IR and has been the most productive player for N.Y. Alonso’s 6 HR, 18 RBI and 29 hits all lead the team. Right fielder Michael Conforto, who is currently on the IR but day-to-day (hamstring), leads all Mets with a .356 OBP.

Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker, finds his team in 3rd in the NL East at 19-21 after going 5-5 in their last 10. After seeing the Mets not name a starter all day Monday, the Braves called up LHP Tucker Davidson from their AAA Gwinnet (Atlanta suburb) club to get the start. In AAA ball this season Davidson is 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA. In 2020 with the Braves, Davidson pitched in 1 game and went 0-1 with a 10.80 ERA. I’d set the over under on him and 3 1/3 innings for this one.

Snitker’s problem in this game will be when he needs to go to his bullpen as the Braves pen has the league’s 6th highest ERA at 4.95 and 5th highest WHIP of 1.49.

The Braves have made hay at the plate this year and lead the majors in HR with 59, and are 9th in runs scored with 187 (compare that to the Mets who are last in runs scored at only 119 on the year). Putting in work at the plate for the Braves this season has been Right Fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. who is tied for first in MLB with 12 HR and leads the Braves with a .300 average and 39 hits on the season. First Baseman Freddie Freeman’s 27 RBI lead the Braves and Third Baseman Austin Riley has a team leading .405 OBP.

If you’re looking for Mets vs Braves betting predictions in my opinion this one comes down to the Braves relying on their AAA pitcher to come up and start and that they will most likely and quickly go to their shaky bullpen. Whoever starts for the Mets could find himself with a chance to win this one on the road, my pick is the Mets to win.

My Prediction

The Mets win in Atlanta and keep pace at the top of the division.

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