MLB Picks: Mets vs. Braves Doubleheader Odds & Picks

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 11:53 AM GMT

The New York Mets will try to bounce back from suffering a walk-off loss against the Atlanta Braves in the series opener, as they take a look at the future with a pair of right-handers on the mound in Tuesday’s doubleheader.


Let’s take a closer look at the MLB odds for this National League East matchup at Turner Field, with the first game scheduled to start at 1:10 p.m. ET and the final contest at 7:10 p.m. ET.

Check out our Tuesday Morning MLB Odds & Betting Lines Report.

Deflating loss

New York suffered a 2-1 walk-off loss against Atlanta as +169 road underdogs Monday, which was certainly deflating after waiting out a three-hour, 43-minute rain delay, while going UNDER the betting total of 7.5. 

The Mets are 1-4 as road underdogs of +100 to +125 this season, with the OVER going 5-0 in that situation. 

Largest lead in baseball 

Atlanta owns a 7.5-game lead over the Washington Nationals in the NL East standings, as it has posted a plus-61 run differential through 70 games.  

The Braves are 14-8 in day games, with the pitching staff ranking second in the majors with a 3.28 ERA under the sun, while the Mets are last in all of baseball in hitting .220 in that situation. 

Game 1 pitching matchup 

Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (5-1, 2.04 ERA) has watched the club drop four of his last five outings, which includes a 2-1 home loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, while hitters are batting .277 against him in that span. 

The right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.48 ERA in five road outings, surrendering just one home run over 32.2 combined innings. 

Braves left-hander Alex Wood (0-0, 3.52 ERA) is scheduled to make his first-ever start, as he’s appeared out of the bullpen six times in 2013—allowing three runs and five hits over 7.2 innings. 

Game 2 pitching matchup

Zack Wheeler will make his MLB debut in the second game of this doubleheader, as he tallied a 4-2 record and 3.93 ERA with Triple-A Las Vegas in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. 

The highly-touted right-hander grew up in Dallas, Ga., which will allow family and friends to make the 45-minute drive to watch him on the mound. 

Paul Maholm (7-5, 3.65 ERA) has watched the Braves drop his last two efforts, with the offense providing him just four runs of support in that span, as he looks to bounce back from a 5-3 road loss to the San Diego Padres.

The left-hander is 4-1 with a 1.64 ERA in five home outings, issuing five walks and striking out 21 batters in 33 combined frames.

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Predictions 

When it comes to placing your MLB picks, I believe this is a very dangerous doubleheader to wager on, especially with both teams playing late into the night Monday, while the weather forecasts suggests potential thunderstorms throughout the day.

Atlanta’s talented bullpen may have to get involved early in the opener, with Wood’s longest outing being two innings this season, which could provide an opportunity for New York in the nightcap. 

Game 1 Pick:  Atlanta Braves -114 

Game 2 Pick:  New York Mets +160