When we undertake our Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets Baseball Pick & Prediction, we have to understand that these teams are members of what might just be the best division in baseball, the National League East, and over the course of the shortened 60-game season things may wind up getting more than just a little tight.
But we imagine that users of the free sports betting site at CentSports are going to have some fun analyzing games like this. We’ll try to help out wherever we can.
Because the Braves and world champion Washington Nationals made it into the playoffs from this division a year ago, some folks may not realize that the Mets finished 86-76, with the help of some surprising developments, one of which was that Pete Alonso, a rookie, swatted 53 homers to set a record for first-year men.
This season, even without Noah Syndergaard available, they may have more answers than they did a year ago. That’s because they made a number of key acquisitions, and hope to get a return to health from All-Star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who’s been kept out of action for the better part of a year and a half, and All-Star reliever Dellin Betances, an off-season acquisition. What would really help their backers make good on their futures picks would be a comeback season for second baseman Robinson Cano. But at age 37, one can’t be too sure.
For the opening game at what is now known as Truist Park outside of Atlanta, starting time is 4:10 PM ET on Friday.
Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets Baseball Pick & Prediction
To make our betting pick & prediction, let’s turn to the baseball odds that are currently posted at CentSports, the free sportsbook:
New York Mets (deGrom – R) -137
Atlanta Braves (Soroka – R) +127
Over 7 Runs -105
Under 7 Runs -115
Each team will send its best starting pitcher to the mound. Jacob deGrom, who has won two consecutive Cy Young Awards, will take the mound for the Mets, while Mike Soroka, who would have been recognized as the National League’s best rookie last year if not for a monster season from Pete Alonso, will get the assignment for the Braves.
There are few young pitching stars who shine brighter than Soroka, who at the age of 21 was at times a dominant force, as he finished second to Alonso in the Rookie of the Year voting.
Soroka had a 13-4 record, allowing just 7.9 hits per nine innings. But the most impressive number he has, perhaps, is his home run rate. The right-hander out of Calgary yielded only 14 round-trippers in 174-2/3 innings, and that percentage of 0.72 per nine innings was best in the National League. What’s responsible for that? Well, it’s a sinker that is easily his go-to pitch and an item that he’s built a reputation on.
Maybe the bad news for Soroka is that four of the 15 homers he’s given up in the major leagues came against the Mets, as Alonso, Cespedes, Cano and JD Davis all have taken him deep.
Fans of the free sports betting site (CentSports) may be interested to know that deGrom’s record has been 21-17, even in the process of winning these two Cy Youngs. He has allowed just 6.5 hits per nine innings over this period, with a microscopic WHIP ratio of 0.941. Yes, he has been a victim of non-support, getting three runs or less in 14 of his starts.
But this Mets team looks to have more “pop” than some of their others in recent years. What we like as well is that they have a very deep bullpen, and that is the kind of thing that is going to be called upon a lot in the early going. Considering that deGrom’s road ERA has been 2.34 and 1.87 the last two years, and he keeps the ball in the park, we could do a lot worse than him as a favorite in this situation, as we make our Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets Baseball Pick & Prediction at CentSports.