In a crucial National League East matchup, the Atlanta Braves will face the New York Mets on Thursday in the fifth and final game of their four-day series. The Braves (50-52) are coming off a 2-1 defeat to the Mets (54-56) on Wednesday. They are currently 24-27 on the road this year. New York holds a lead of four games over the Philadelphia Phillies, and five over Atlanta. The Braves are 32-17 at home in 2021. Four of the six Mets games against the Braves have been lost by the Mets.
The first pitch will take place at 12:10 p.m. ET at Citi Field in New York. New York is priced at $140 to win $100 on the money line of the Braves vs. Mets odds. The over-under for total runs is 8.5. Make sure you review the MLB predictions from SportsLine before making any Mets-vs.-Braves picks.
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Why the Mets deserve your support
New York will start Taijuan Walker, right-handed pitcher (7-4, 3.43 ERA). Walker has had a difficult time in his two previous starts. He allowed a total of 11 earned runs over 4 1/3 innings. He won an 8-3 victory over the New York Yankees July 3. He allowed just two earned runs and two hits in five innings. He faced Atlanta twice this season, winning a 13-2 victory on May 29. He did not allow any runs in that game and the Braves were limited to just two hits over five innings.
Pete Alonso, the Mets’ first baseman, is one of the offensive leaders. He entered the series hot. He lost his nine-game hitting streak in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Monday. But he returned strong on Tuesday, going 2-for-5 and scoring a double. His career against Atlanta has been very productive. He has had six doubles, six homers, and 23 RBIs in 37 games. He has walked 18 times, and his slugging percentage against the Braves is.403.
Why the Braves deserve your support
Atlanta will send Drew Smyly, a left-hander (7-3, 4.30 ERA), to the plate. He has allowed three runs or less in nine of his last nine appearances and is pitching well. He has won five of his last five decisions, even though he received no decision in his last two starts. Smyly was unable to allow any hits or walks during his four-inning start Saturday at Philadelphia. Smyly’s last win was in Pittsburgh on July 7. He held the Pirates down to three earned runs and nine hits over five innings. He walked three times and struck out four. He walked 33 miles and struck out four times.
First baseman Freddie Freeman is still a leader for the Braves’ offense. He went 6-for-14 at Philadelphia with a homer, three RBIs and a run scored. This series is against the Mets and he’s 4-for-13 (.308). He is currently batting.290 for the season with 23 homers and 58 RBIs. He is hitting.327 in 15 games against the Mets 2021 with a double and home run, as well as three RBIs.Last Updated on October 2, 2021