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Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets - 6/17/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New York Mets at Atlanta Braves
Date & Time Monday June 17, 2019, 7:20 PM (EDT)
Location
SunTrust Park
Atlanta, GA
The Line
Atlanta Braves -160 / New York Mets +140
TV Channel
FS-Southeast, SNY
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The New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves meet in game one of a three game NL East division set from SunTrust Park on Monday.

The New York Mets will look to rebound after losing their series with the St. Louis Cardinals, dropping the finale on Sunday by a final score of 4-3. Juan Lagares, J.D. Davis and Adeiny Hechavarria each had RBIs with Lagares going 2 for 3 at the dish. Dominic Smith and Robinson Cano each had a double with Smith going 2 for 3 while Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso and Todd Frazier each had base hits as well in the defeat. Jason Vargas gave up three runs, two earned, on one hit while walking three and striking out four over four innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Chris Flexen took the loss, falling to 0-3 on the year. Zack Wheeler will start the opener and is 5-4 with a 4.87 ERA and 99 strikeouts this season. In his career, Wheeler is 6-3 with a 3.19 ERA and 66 strikeouts against Atlanta.

The Atlanta Braves will look to keep the momentum going after winning their series with Philadelphia after a 15-1 rout in game three on Sunday. Ronald Acuna Jr., Freddie Freeman, Josh Donaldson, Nick Markakis, Ozzie Albies and Tyler Flowers each had two RBIs with Acuna Jr., Donaldson and Flowers homering while Freeman, JD and Albies each had a double with Albies adding a pair of two-baggers. Austin Riley went 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI and Mike Foltynewicz had an RBI of his own while Dansby Swanson chipped in a base hit as well in the win. Foltynewicz got the win to improve to 2-5 on the year after allowing one run on four hits while walking five and striking out six over six innings of work. Mike Soroka will start game one and is 7-1 with a 1.92 ERA and 60 strikeouts this season. In his career, Soroka is 2-0 with a 0.73 ERA and 9 strikeouts against the Mets.

New York is 1-4 in Wheeler’s last 5 road starts and 6-20 in their last 26 road games while the over is 3-0-1 in Wheeler’s last 4 division starts. Atlanta is 4-1 in their last 5 division games and 7-1 in their last 8 home games while the over is 7-0 in their last 7 games against a right-handed starter. The under is 4-1 in Wheeler’s last 5 starts against Atlanta.

The plus money is tempting with New York given that Soroka is coming off of his worst start of the year where he allowed five runs in five innings against Pittsburgh last time out. However, Soroka still has an ERA under two, has allowed just one run in 12.1 innings in his career against the Mets, and has a red hot Braves team behind him while the Mets have scuffled lately. The price isn’t too bad either given the form of these two teams along with the starting pitching matchup, so I’ll lay the juice with the Braves in this spot.

Pick:
Atlanta Braves -160

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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