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Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets - 6/23/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Mets (38-32) at Atlanta Braves (24-47)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Turner Field)

M Harvey (4-9) (4.76) vs. Matt Wisler (3-7) (4.23)

The Line: Atlanta Braves +149 / New York Mets -159 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds


Coming up in MLB action on Thursday from Turner Field, the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves will be kicking off their series.

The Mets are coming off a two-game set against the Royals. New York won game one 2-1, and in Wednesday’s finale, the Mets eked out another one 3-2.
As for the Braves, they played a pair against the Marlins. Atlanta won Tuesday’s game, and on Wednesday, the Braves allowed three runs in the second inning en route to a 3-0 loss.

Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets - 6/23/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


For Thursday’s game, the Mets will be bringing out right-hander Matt Harvey. Over his 14 starts and 4-9 record this year, Harvey has posted a 4.76 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP in 79.1 innings. On Friday against these same Braves, Harvey posted four runs in six innings on seven hits for a loss.

The New York batting order boasts several capable hitters. Asdrubal Cabrera has 69 hits with 28 runs, eight homers and 24 RBI. Cabrera blasted a two-run homer on Wednesday. Yoenis Cespedes has hit 67 times with 39 runs, a team-high 18 homers and 44 RBI. Neil Walker has 59 hits with 26 runs, 14 homers and 28 RBI.

Over on the Braves’ side, we’ll be seeing right-hander Matt Wisler take the mound on Thursday. In his 14 games (13 starts) and 3-7 record this year, Wisler has managed a 4.23 ERA with a 1.18 WHIP in 83 innings. In his last game against the Reds, Wisler managed 6.2 innings of eight-hit ball on two runs for a win.

The Atlanta lineup boasts a few gems as well. Freddie Freeman has 73 hits with 33 runs, 12 homers and 26 RBI. Nick Markakis has 64 hits with 25 runs and 39 RBI. Adonis Garcia has hit safely 46 times with 16 runs and 14 RBI. Garcia is currently battling a pesky ankle injury.

The Mets are 36-16 in their last 52 game ones of a series, and 0-4 in their last four against the National League East. New York is also 2-5 in Harvey’s last seven starts and 0-5 in Harvey’s last five starts against the National League East.
Meanwhile, the Braves are 16-35 in their last 51 Thursday games, and 4-0 in their last four against the National League East. Atlanta is also 1-4 in Wisler’s last five starts, and 1-4 in Wisler’s last five Thursday starts.

I’m going to give a slight edge to the surging Braves here, but I feel like the under should come in based on a solid pitching matchup.

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