New York Mets vs. Atlanta Braves - 5/3/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atlanta Braves (6-19) at New York Mets (16-8)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Citi Field)
M Wisler (0-2) (4.26) vs. M Harvey (2-3) (4.76)
The Line: New York Mets -240 / Atlanta Braves +220 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSE, SNY
Citi Field will be coming alive once again on Tuesday evening, as the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets get set for game two of their early-week series.
On Monday in the opener, the Mets scored all of their runs in the first inning, cruising to a 4-1 victory and an early series lead.
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For Tuesday’s game, the Braves will be trotting out right-hander Matt Wisler as the starter. It’s been a pretty shaky four starts for Wisler so far, as he’s posted a 4.26 ERA with a 1.07 WHIP in 25.1 innings for an 0-2 record. Last Tuesday in his most recent appearance, Wisler put up five runs in five innings for a loss against the Red Sox.
The Braves have had their fair share of struggles scoring runs this year, but they’ve definitely got some talent in the lineup. Nick Markakis has put up 27 hits with a team-high 20 RBI. Adonis Garcia isn’t too far back with his 26 hits and eight runs. Freddie Freeman leads a power-deficient order with his three homers and seven RBI. Freeman went 1-for-4 in the opener to maintain his .250 average.
As for the Mets, they’ll be rolling out right-hander Matt Harvey in Tuesday’s game. Harvey has had a bumpy road with his mechanics this season, leading to a 4.76 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP over five starts and 28.1 innings for a 2-3 record. On Wednesday in his last outing, Harvey struck out seven and allowed two earned on seven hits in six innings against the Reds.
The Mets boast some great hitters in their batting order. Neil Walker has been great with his nine homers and 19 RBI, while Yoenis Cespedes has also been hitting hard with eight homers and 25 RBI. Cespedes collected another long-ball on Monday with a pair of RBI to his credit. Michael Conforto is also looking good these days with four homers, 18 RBI and 16 runs.
The Braves are 16-35 in their last 51 Tuesday games, and 0-4 in Wisler’s last four starts overall. New York, meanwhile, is 7-1 in Harvey’s last eight starts with five days’ rest, but 0-4 in Harvey’s last four starts after a quality start in his last outing.
Despite Harvey’s up-and-down campaign thus far, he should be able to hold the Braves in check. This game might be a little closer than the opener, but the Mets will likely take care of business.