Teams tend to win most of their games on their home field. Does this tendency hold true today or do we see some upsets?
Sunday Night Baseball
New York Mets (62-72) at Washington Nationals (68-67)
Better Without Harvey?
We know that the New York Mets are a much better team with their franchise, Matt Harvey, who is out for the season. That said, the Mets have come together as a team with a bunch of unestablished players and have been overachieving. New York has also traded away Marlon Byrd and John Buck and are still dominating the Washington Nationals and are currently on a 3 game winning streak.
The Nats currently sit 7.5 games behind the Cincinnati Reds for the final wild card spot. This is a team that’s been hovering around the .500 mark all season and doesn’t deserve to make the playoffs. After an 11-3 beating at the hands of the Mets and Zack Wheeler, the Nats shouldn’t even be thinking playoffs.
The Mets are a live dog against the MLB odds, as Jonathan Niese (6-6, 3.69) takes the mound against Ross Ohlendorf (3-0, 2.49) for Washington. Niese has been on fire as of late, allowing just 2 earned runs in his last 22 innings and pitching a complete game 3-hit shutout, in his last outing against Philadelphia. Look for another great start out of Niese; his confidence level has really picked up.
The R.A. Dickey trade is really starting to pay off for the Mets as Dickey has been barely average all season and d’Arnaud is finally getting a chance to play and is capitalizing on that opportunity. d’Arnaud finally picked up his 1st home run of his career in the series against Detroit last week and is 4 for 8 in his last 2 games. This is a player with a major upside and with Buck gone, is the future behind the plate for the Amazin’s.
The Mets have the momentum and with Niese starting, have a legitimate shot at upsetting Washington tonight.
MLB Pick- New York Mets +123 at Bet 365
Best Team in the Majors?
The Atlanta Braves are on a 6 game winning streak, have the National League East Division locked up, the best record in baseball, and look unstoppable after a 5-4 victory over Miami in 11 innings yesterday. I’ve said it all season and I’ll say it again; the Braves don’t have the best personnel in the league but find ways to win. The question is “can they win in the post-season?”
Atlanta starts Alex Wood (3-2, 2.27) this afternoon and he’s been outstanding. In his last 6 starts, Wood is 3-0 and has allowed just 6 runs in his last 37 innings. The only problem that the Braves could have with Wood is that he hasn’t pitched past the 6th inning. Look for Wood to give the Braves another solid 5 or 6 innings as the Marlins pose very few obstacles in their starting lineup.
Miami outfielders Giancarlo Stanton (.251) and Justin Ruggiano (.219) have had disappointing seasons, but these are two very capable hitters as they showed you yesterday when they each went deep in the loss to Atlanta.
Marlins Park provides a major disadvantage to the power hitters where as Turner Field gives players like this a much needed opportunity to showcase their skills. Facing Wood will be a challenge, but Stanton, Ruggiano, and Morrison all have talent and we’ll have to see if the momentum from yesterday’s game carries over.
The Braves are an enormous -240 betting favorite and I’m going to go with the total with two solid pitchers starting and buy ½ run. Look for a low scoring affair.
Free Pick- Marlins/Braves -7.5 -135 at Bet 365 for your MLB picks.
Good luck, everyone and check the weather report. Certain areas on the east coast are experiencing a decent amount of precipitation.