The Braves have still yet to lose a single game this season and will be looking to improve to 6-0 when they wrap up this three-game set at home with the Mets. What kind of MLB odds are on offer today?
The Braves are short home favorites in today's MLB odds, as they're trading at roughly -115 to add a second straight sweep to their early season resume. That leaves the Mets as a +105 underdog or so.
If you're interested more in trying to beat the total, we see a low number of 6.5 on the board for now.
Atlanta Braves (Wood)
What an amazing start it's been for the Braves. They weren't getting any love before the start of the season, but you can see why: they shipped off a lot of their best players, topped off by the departure of Craig Kimbrel, one of the best closers in all of baseball. Needless to say, expectations weren't all that high.
But, that hasn't fazed Atlanta whatsoever. The Braves went into South Beach and swept an improved Marlins team and they're well on their way to doing the same in their first home series, this time against New York. The Braves just picked up a 5-3 win yesterday, with Julio Teheran hurling a solid outing and Freddie Freeman launching his first home run of the year in the victory. The Braves generated their five runs on nine hits against the Mets' Dillon Gee.
Teheran will be followed by Alex Wood, who got through five unspectacular yet solid innings in his season debut against Miami. He'll now do battle with a Mets team that he posted a 4.15 ERA against in two meetings in 2014. Wood was outstanding at home, however, going 8-6 with a 2.41 ERA in 17 home appearances.
New York Mets (Colon)
The Mets were able to take two of three in their first series of the season at home to Washington, but they've run into a buzzsaw in Atlanta over the weekend, losing each of their first two matchups. Both games one and two ended in a 5-3 win for the home team.
Yesterday, Gee did not have his best stuff, allowing eight hits and five earned runs over five innings of work before getting pulled. Meanwhile, the New York bats had a ton of trouble getting anything going against Teheran. They had three runs on three hits overall, with Juan Lagares and Travis d'Arnaud each plating a run.
The good news is New York will be able to turn to Bartolo Colon today, and he's coming off a totally dominant season debut. The ageless Colon allowed only three hits and one run while striking out eight over six innnings in a road win over the Nationals, and the Mets are going to be a in a great spot to avoid a sweep if the right-hander can locate his best stuff again today. Colon had his fair share of success against Atlanta in 2014, recording a 2.45 ERA in 22 innings of work last season. Let's see if he's able to carry over his momentum from his first start of the year against a team he knows well.
Until they give us a reason not to, we have to keep siding with the Braves. They keep proving us wrong and doing so in style, so let's keep backing them with our MLB picks today.
We don't anticipate seeing a lot of offense, with Wood and Colon both showing great things in their 2015 debuts and eager to make another good impression.
So, since Atlanta is trading at another attractive number, we will side with them with our sports picks. Wood was fantastic at Turner Field all throughout 2014 and we're looking for him to come out and shut down New York's bats on their way to the three-game sweep.
MLB Pick: Atlanta Braves -1.5 at 5Dimes