The New York Mets (46-41) and Atlanta Braves (47-39) will continue a three-game National League East series on Saturday afternoon at Turner Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 4:05 ET on FOX
New York Mets at Atlanta Braves
New York fell behind by five runs early and wasn’t able to recover in time, dropping a 7-5 road decision to Atlanta in the first game for both teams since the All-Star break. The Mets didn’t pitch very well in the series opener, using six pitchers that combined to issue 11 walks and give up 10 hits. The club still holds a 4-3 advantage in the season series, but has lost three of four at this ballpark. New York is 5-4 as a road underdog of +100 to +125, with the “over” going 6-3 in those contests.
Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey (12-1, 2.40 ERA) is coming off a tremendous first half of the season, leading the club to 14 wins in his 17 starts thus far. The right-hander is 6-1 with a 2.47 ERA in eight road starts, issuing just nine walks and striking out 59 batters in 54.2 innings of work. In 12 career games (nine starts) versus the Braves, Dickey has tallied a disappointing 2-5 record and 4.83 ERA, including an 0-2 mark and 6.92 ERA in seven efforts (four starts) at Turner Field.
Atlanta was certainly happy to come away with a victory in the series opener, considering that catcher Brian McCann was missing from the lineup due to the birth of his first child on Friday. The Braves received some solid production from his backup David Ross, who is batting .375 over his current seven-game hit streak. All-Star third baseman Chipper Jones is also swinging the bat well, batting .431 with two home runs over a 14-game hit streak. Atlanta is 7-10 at home with a money line of -100 to -125, with the “over” going 11-6 in those contests.
Braves starting pitcher Tommy Hanson (10-5, 3.71 ERA) earned a 6-3 road win against the Philadelphia Phillies in his last effort, allowing three runs and six hits over seven strong innings. The right-hander has gone 3-3 with a 4.63 ERA in eight home outings, with opposing hitters batting .282 against him. In nine career starts versus the Mets, Hanson has produced a 3-5 record and 3.71 ERA, but has lost four consecutive efforts in the series.
Bettors will likely back the Mets due to their 9-2 mark in Dickey’s last 11 starts as a road underdog, while the Braves are 21-22 at home this season.
Pick: New York Mets +101
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