Atlanta Braves -140 Over Mets for MLB Picks

Jeff Grant

Thursday, April 10, 2014 1:52 PM GMT

The Atlanta Braves starting rotation is off to a great start this season, which is one of the main reasons that sports bettors should be looking in their direction against the New York Mets Thursday night.

Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting lines for this National League East affair at Turner Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET.

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Unable to get things going
New York is batting .190 and has a .261 on-base percentage in the early going this season, which has played a major part in the team’s inconsistent start—alternating wins and losses in its last four contests.

The Mets entered last night’s 4-3 defeat to the Braves with seven home runs on the year, with five straight coming with men on base. 

Over the last two-plus seasons, the squad is 67-86 versus division opponents, with the OVER going 78-68 in that situation.

 

Putting up zeroes
Atlanta hasn’t had a starting pitcher allow more than two runs during the 2014 campaign, which has carried the squad to a 5-3 record despite the staff receiving just 2.44 runs per game of support. 

The Braves are hoping Wednesday’s result is a turning point for the offense, with Freddie Freeman, Jason Heyward and Andrelton Simmons combining to go 7-for-12 at the plate. 

MLB handicappers will find that the team’s bullpen has compiled a 4.15 ERA thus far—a full run better than the Mets (5.24).

 

Mejia
Mets starting pitcher Jenrry Mejia (1-0, 1.50 ERA) tallied a 4-3 home win over the Cincinnati Reds last Friday, as he allowed a single run and four hits over six innings of work.

The right-hander has compiled a 1-6 record and 4.71 ERA in 23 career road games (seven starts), with opposing hitters batting .307 against him. 

Mejia surrendered four runs over five innings in his only start against the Braves on Sept. 30, 2012—resulting a 6-2 defeat.

 

Hale
Braves starting pitcher David Hale (0-0, 0.00 ERA) didn’t factor into the decision of a 2-1 road win over the Washington Nationals in his season debut, as he scattered five hits over five shutout frames. 

Hale has issued three walks and struck out 18 batters in 16 innings at the MLB level, as he prepares to face the Mets for the first time in his career.

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Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Braves as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve gone 29-15 as home favorites of -125 to -150 since 2012.

MLB Pick:  Atlanta Braves -140