Mets vs Braves MLB Betting + Handicapping Picks
It’s only fitting that the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves would start the second half of the season with a series against each other. These two have battled for the second place position in the NL East all season.
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New York Mets vs. Atlanta Braves MLB Betting Preview
Starting Pitchers: New York (Young) vs. Atlanta (Hudson)
Date/Time: July 12, 7:35 p.m. EST
MLB Gambling Odds from BetOnline
Moneyline: Atlanta (-150) New York (+140)
Runline: Atlanta -1.5 (+135) New York +1.5 (-155)
The Mets have led through most of the first half, but the Braves finished the first half on a four-game winning streak to take a half-game lead over the Mets. This should be a hotly contested series in Atlanta.
No one expected the Mets to be in the position they are in right now. The Mets have surprised by getting big contributions from several guys. Johan Santana has looked like his old self. David Wright is an NL MVP candidate at this stage. Wright is hitting .351 with 11 homers and 59 RBI’s. Most impressive is the fact that he has 50 walks and just 47 strikeouts this year. The Mets are ninth in the majors in runs scored because they have come up with big hits with runners in scoring position. Chris Young missed quite a bit of time in the first half with an injury, but he has a solid 3.41 ERA in six starts this year.
The Atlanta Braves lost their first three games of the season to the Mets, but the team righted the ship and had a solid first half of the year. The Braves offense was as streaky as any lineup in baseball in the first half. At times they looked like the best offense in baseball, and at other times they struggled to even get on the board. If Freddie Freeman and Chipper Jones can stay healthy, this is a very dangerous lineup. Michael Bourn has been awesome as the team’s leadoff hitter this year. Martin Prado leads the team with a .321 batting average. Tim Hudson is 7-4 with a 3.56 ERA in 2012.
It doesn’t surprise to see Atlanta as the favorite here, but I don’t understand them being this big of a favorite. I like the price on the underdog in this contest.
MLB Free Pick: New York Mets ML