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New York Mets vs. Atlanta Braves Free Pick- 8/21/13

Atlanta Braves (76-49) at New York Mets (587-66)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 1:10 pm (Citi Field)

Alex Wood (L) (2-1) (2.756) vs. Jonathon Niese (L) (5-6) (4.247)

The Line: New York Mets +135 / Atlanta Braves -145 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: SNY, SportsSouth

The New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves meet on Wednesday afternoon for game two of their series at Citi Field.

The New York Mets have shown flashed of having the ability and talent to win and they showed it once again on Tuesday beating the Braves. Ike Davis and Marlon Byrd hit home runs and Daniel Murphy and Eric Young added hits as the Mets scored five runs on eight hits in all. Starting pitcher Zack Wheeler allowed six hits and three runs while striking out five over 6.2 innings to get the win and raise his record to 5-2 on the season and LaTroy Hawkins earned his fourth save. For Wednesday afternoon’s game the Mets start Jon Niese who has won his last two starts. For the season Niese has allowed 104 hits and 42 earned runs while striking out 63 over 89 innings for a 5-6 record and a 4.25 ERA.

New York Mets vs. Atlanta Braves Free Pick- 8/21/13

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The Atlanta Braves are running away with the National League East but they took a step backwards by losing to the Mets on Tuesday. Freddie Freeman had two hits and Brian McCann and Chris Johnson were among those getting hits as the Braves scored three runs on eight hits. Starting pitcher Brandon Beachy allowed five hits and four runs, three earned, while striking out four over 6.0 innings to take the loss and fall to 2-1 on the season. For Wednesday’s game the Braves start Alex Wood who doesn’t have a decision in his last two starts. For the season Wood has allowed 39 hits and 15 earned runs while striking out 57 over 51.2 innings for a 2-2 record and a 2.61 ERA.

New York is -2 in their last eight home games, 5-1 in their last six home games against a left-handed starter, and 1-6 in Niese’s last seven home starts. Atlanta is 6-1 in their last seven road games, 21-6 in their last 27 games overall, and 19-8 in their last 27 games against a team with a losing record. Atlanta is 19-10 in the last 29 meetings of these two.

While I liked the Mets on Tuesday and gave them out in the Premium Area as a Dog, I don’t like them so much here and my play is the Braves to bounce back.

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