Atlanta Braves (63-43) vs. New York Mets (67-38)
August 5, 2022 7:10 pm EDT
The Line: New York Mets -135 / Atlanta Braves +105; Over/Under: -8.5
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The Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets meet in an NL East division matchup in MLB action from Citi Field on Friday night.
The Atlanta Braves will be hoping to rebound after a 6-4 loss to the Mets in Thursday’s series opener. Going into Thursday’s opener, Matt Olson has 100 hits with a .248 batting average and a team-high 35 doubles while Marcell Ozuna has 84 hits with 13 doubles, 19 home runs and 42 RBIs. Austin Riley has 121 hits with 32 doubles, 29 home runs and 68 RBIs and Ozzie Albies has 8 home runs and 33 RBIs and Dansby Swanson also has 55 RBIs of his own as well as a .300 batting average and 116 hits this season. Ian Anderson will get the start here and is 9-6 with a 4.99 ERA and 90 strikeouts this season.
The New York Mets will try to build on yet another key win over Atlanta from Thursday’s series opener. Entering Thursday, Francisco Lindor has 105 hits along with 19 home runs, 74 RBIs and a .262 batting average while Pete Alonso also has 106 hits, 28 home runs and 88 RBIs. Starling Marte has 106 hits, 19 doubles, 4 triples and 48 RBIs as well while Eduardo Escobar has 20 doubles as well as 3 triples and Brandon Nimmo has also chipped in 5 triples as well this season. Jeff McNeil has 97 hits, 24 doubles, a triple and a .302 batting average as well on the year. Taijuan Walker will start here and is 9-2 with a 2.79 ERA and 80 strikeouts this season.
Atlanta is 40-15 in their last 55 games overall and 17-7 in their last 24 road games while the over is 6-1-1 in their last 8 division games. New York is 8-1 in their last 9 games overall and 38-16 in their last 54 division games while the under is 12-3-2 in their last 17 game two matchups.
I get the case to be made either way in this one, as this is a high-stakes series across the board, but I’m on the Mets in this one. Simply put, Taijuan Walker’s been the unsung hero for the Mets rotation this season while I think Ian Anderson is lucky to still have a starting gig for the Braves this season. Anderson’s fortunate to have a Braves lineup behind him that’s been able to pick him up despite a lot of his shortcomings this season, but with Walker not giving up a whole lot at home, I think those opportunities will be scarce here. Look for the Mets to pick up another big win over the Braves on Friday.