NL East Rivals Conclude Series
The New York Mets were able to rebound from an 0-2 hole in their series against the Atlanta Braves with a 9-7 victory on Wednesday night. New York got the party started early with two first-inning home runs and never looked back. They led wire to wire despite almost blowing it in the seventh inning after Robbie Grossman smacked a three-run bomb in the seventh. New York extended its lead in the National League East to 4½ games and has a great shot to pull even in this series on Thursday.
Jacob deGrom and Max Fried will face off on the mound in this pivotal game. Both pitchers are top tier and we could be in for a real battle on the hill in this series finale.
Mets’ Offense Back on Track
After scoring just one combined run in their previous two games, the Mets’ offense exploded for two home runs in the first inning of Wednesday night’s win. Jake Odorizzi got rocked for five earned runs in five innings and the Mets finished the night with nine total runs. It was a necessary response after getting outscored 18-1 in the first two games of the series.
What’s more, the New York Mets have one of their rock stars on the mound in deGrom. The right-hander was on the shelf for most of the year and has a mere three starts this season. While his body of work might not span much time, it has been a very productive month for deGrom. In three starts since returning to action, deGrom is 2-0 with a 1.62 ERA and 0.42 WHIP. Two of those games came against very good offenses from Philadelphia and Atlanta.
DeGrom one-hit the Braves over 5.2 innings in their last matchup with 12 strikeouts and a single walk. The sample size may be small, but there is a lot to like with deGrom healthy and dealing.
Max Fried Returning to Rotation
The Atlanta Braves welcome back Max Fried (10-4) to the mix after the star lefty spend the last week on concussion IL. Normally, we don’t love betting on teams with pitchers returning from injury, but Fried is a special case. Not only did he miss just one start, but Fried is also a phenomenal pitcher having a great season.
Fried enters this series finale with a 2.60 ERA and 1.08 WHIP with 127 strikeouts in 138.1 innings. Coincidentally, his last outing was against the Mets. Despite taking the loss, Fried allowed just two earned runs in six innings with five strikeouts and one walk. It’s safe to say that this one was on the Braves’ offense after getting shutout over seven innings by Max Scherzer. The good news is that Scherzer will not be pitching on Thursday. The bad news is that deGrom is well-rested and pitching great.
Mets vs Braves Head-to-Head
Thursday night marks the 16th game between the Mets and Braves. After Wednessday night’s win, the Mets hold a 9-7 lead in the season. The pair are deadlocked at 8-8 against the spread during that time.
Mets vs Braves Game Information
- Game: Mets (76-42) vs Braves (72-47)
- Location: Truist Park, Atlanta, GA
- Day/Time: Thursday, Aug. 18, 7:20 p.m. ET
- Mets vs. Braves Live Stream: MLB.tv
Take a Look at Other Articles for This Week’s Mets vs Braves Games
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Mets vs Braves Betting Lines
|New York Mets
J. deGrom -R
|7 -110o||3½ -115o
M. Fried -L
|+1½ -165||+110||7 -110u||3½ +110o
Mets vs Braves Prediction
This is the toughest game of this series to make a call on with deGrom and Fried on the mound. While both pitchers are among the best in the game, both have some issues. We’re assuming Fried is not still feeling the effects of his concussion and won’t miss a beat after his short sabbatical. Additionally, while deGrom has been elite since making his debut, three games is not enough time to make a real determination of his current status.
Having said that, we’re going to trust that these two aces get up for this finale and put on a show.
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