New York Mets vs. Atlanta Braves - 7/26/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Atlanta Braves (0-1) at New York Mets (1-0)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 7:08 pm (Citi Field)
Sean Newcomb (0-0) (0.00) vs. Rick Porcello (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: New York Mets -105 / Atlanta Braves -115 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets meet Sunday in MLB action from Citi Field.
This will be the opening-weekend series finale between these teams. In the Friday game one, the Mets eked out a 1-0 win. On Saturday, the Braves evened it up with a 10-inning, 5-3 win of their own. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
Atlanta was out-hit by the Mets 9-8 on Saturday, but a three-run 10th inning helped carry the Braves to victory. The only Atlanta player with multiple hits was Johan Camargo with a 2-for-4 line and a run. Adam Duvall (two runs) and Marcell Ozuna each added solo homers as well.
For the Sunday start, the Braves will send out LHP Sean Newcomb. Last season, Newcomb went 6-3 with a 3.16 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 68.1 total innings. This is Newcomb’s chance to return to the starting rotation after finding success as a reliever. He’s turned himself into quite the aggressive pitcher over the last season, which could yield nice results here.
Over on the Mets’ side, they had a 2-1 lead going into the ninth inning Saturday but couldn’t hang on. Michael Conforto was the top New York hitter at 3-for-4 and a run. Amed Rosario also had two hits, a triple, an RBI and a run.
In Sunday’s starting role, the Mets will send out Rick Porcello. In 2019, Porcello tallied a 14-12 record on a 5.52 ERA with 143 strikeouts in 174.1 innings of work. This was a little earlier than the Mets wanted to start Porcello, but with Marcus Stroman out of commission with a calf tear, New York had to make some adjustments.
The Braves are 2-7 in their last nine overall and 2-7 in their last nine games versus a right-handed starter. Atlanta is 38-16 in their last 54 Sunday games and 48-22 in their last 70 games as a favorite.
Meanwhile, the Mets are 4-0 in their last four in game three of a series and 4-1 in their last five versus the National League East. New York is 4-1 in their last five home games and 4-1 in their last five on grass.
Pick: I’m going to stick with the Braves. Even though the Mets got a good amount of innings out of Steven Matz on Saturday and have a lot of bullpen guys to work with, it’s going to be tough to cover the loss of Stroman in this game. Porcello should do a serviceable job, but I don’t think New York has the pitching depth to maintain a potential lead. This should be another entertaining and competitive matchup, however.