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New York Mets vs. Atlanta Braves - 6/18/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Atlanta Braves (21-46) at New York Mets (36-30)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Citi Field)

Aaron Blair (0-4) (7.59) vs. Steven Matz (7-3) (2.98)

The Line: New York Mets -230 / Atlanta Braves +212 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FOX

The Atlanta Braves continue their visit to the Big Apple with a Saturday tilt with the New York Mets.

The Atlanta Braves are just trying to keep their heads above water during their rebuilding. Don’t look now but the Braves have won three in a row following a 5-1 win at Citi Field on Friday night behind solid hitting and pitching. Rookie John Gant gave up the lone run on two hits and a pair of BB over 6.2 frames to get the win. The Bravos pounded out eleven hits and walked five times with Ender Inciarte and Freddie Freeman combining for five hits and an RBI each. Rookie Aaron Blair looks to pitch the Braves past the Mets in Saturday’s bout. Blair struggled last time out in a 9-8 loss to Cincinnati with six runs plated on four hits and four BB over five innings.

New York Mets vs. Atlanta Braves - 6/18/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New York Mets are trying to start a hot streak to keep the Nationals from pulling away in the NL East. The Mets saw their modest two game winning streak end on Friday at home. NYM starter Matt Harvey looked like he was regaining his form but he was nothing special once again with four runs scored on seven hits through six innings to fall to 4-9. New York was held to six hits and four walks with Yoenis Cespedes driving in Curtis Granderson.  The Mets have scheduled Steven Matz to start versus the Braves on Saturday. Matz has been subpar the past three times out with an 0-2 record with a 1.68 WHIP and 4.96 ERA.

The under is 6-2 in Atlanta’s last 8 road games and the Braves  are 17-50 in their last 67 road games while going  6-15 in their last 21 Saturday games. The over is 6-2 in the Mets last 8 versus National League East and New York  are 7-3 in Matz’s last 10 starts while going 7-3 in Matz’s last 10 starts on grass. The over is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in New York and is 18-8 in the last 26 meetings. I’m not touching this as the Mets and their stud rotation look average all too often…

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NY Mets -1.5

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