Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets - 4/24/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Mets (8-7) at Atlanta Braves (4-12)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 1:35 pm (Turner Field)
J deGrom (1-0) (1.50) vs. Aaron Blair (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Atlanta Braves TBA / New York Mets TBA --- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSO, WPIX
Coming up on Sunday afternoon, the MLB is bringing us game three of a weekend series at Turner Field between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves.
During Friday’s opener in this series, the Mets got their fourth victory in five games, topping Atlanta 6-3. On Saturday in game two, New York got another win, peppering in 15 hits on the way to an 8-2 result.
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In Sunday’s finale, the Mets will be giving right-hander Jacob deGrom the start. It’s been a while since we’ve seen deGrom, as he was out with some lat soreness and the arrival of his first child. DeGrom hasn’t pitched since April 8 against the Phillies, when he posted one run with six strikeouts in six innings.
The Mets hitters seem to be all-or-nothing this year, as they hit a lot of homers and strike out a lot as well. Neil Walker has posted 19 hits with 10 runs, seven homers and 12 RBI, while Yoenis Cespedes has been bringing it with 17 hits, 11 runs and 14 RBI. Cespedes sat out Saturday due to injury, however. Lucas Duda has also been pretty productive, with eight runs, 15 hits and 11 RBI.
As for the Braves, they're reportedly giving Sunday's start to Aaron Blair, who will be making his major league debut. Blair is coming off a nice outing at the Triple-A level on Tuesday, allowing just one baserunner in seven innings with 10 strikeouts.
The Atlanta lineup has underachieved this season, but does feature a few notable names. Adonis Garcia is having a good start, with 18 hits, six RBI and six runs. Nick Markakis has 17 hits and 13 RBI to his credit. Freddie Freeman has struggled in the early-going with one homer and a poor .167 BA. Freeman did bag a double and an RBI on Saturday, though.
The Mets look good here. New York is 13-3 in deGrom’s last 16 road starts, and 7-0 in deGrom’s last four starts during game three of a series. Atlanta, meanwhile, is 1-9 in their last 10 home games, and 3-9 in their last 12 against the National League East.
I’m trying to think of a reason not to pick deGrom and the Mets here, but I can’t find one. This is a juicy matchup for New York, who should roll the Braves out of the stadium. The official odds aren't out quite yet, but I'll update once they become available.