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#963 New York Mets 10 vs.
#964 Atlanta Braves -115
Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 7:10pm EDT
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

New York Mets vs Atlanta Braves

Where: Truist Park, Cumberland, GA

When: Saturday, August 1, 1:03 PM. ET.

The Atlanta Braves will be trying to pick up their second consecutive series win over the New York Mets when they face their NL East rivals in the second game of their four-game weekend series on Saturday night.

Rick Porcello, 0-1, 27.00 ERA, will start for the Mets. The Braves will counter with Sean Newcomb, 0-0, 2.70 ERA.

The Braves won an 11-10 shootout on Friday night thanks to five RBI from catcher Travis d'Arnaud.

**This preview was written before Friday’s game was played**

Mets Trying To Move Into Top Spot In NL East

The Mets have struggled so far, losing four of their last seven games. Despite their poor play, they are only one game behind the Braves, who lead the division and will try to move into a tie for the top spot with a win over their rivals on Saturday.

New York has been an average offensive team so far. The team’s .256 batting average is fourth, their .333 on base percentage is 10th, and the 27 runs they have scored is 14th.

Jeff McNeil leads the way for the Mets with a .308 batting average. Yoenis Cespedes leads the team with two homers, while Dominic Smith leads the team with five RBI.

New York’s pitching hasn’t been very good. Opponents have a .257 batting average against the team, which is 25th in the league and their 4.78 ERA is 20th.

In his last start, Porcello gave up seven hits and six earned runs in two innings, leading to a 14-1 loss to the Braves. They will need a significantly better performance from him if they want to beat Atlanta.

Braves Going For Second Consecutive Series Win

The Braves bounced back from their sweep at the hands of the Tampa Bay Rays by sweeping the Rays at home to complete their home-and-home series. They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Mets as they try to pick up their second consecutive series win.

Atlanta has played well offensively. The team’s .225 batting average is 19th, their .403 slugging percentage is 16th, while the 35 runs they have scored are the ninth-most in the league.

Dansby Swanson leads the way for the Braves with a .370 batting average and nine RBI, while Marcell Ozuna leads the team with two home runs.

Atlanta’s pitching has also been good. Opponents have a .230 batting average against the Braves, which is 15th in the league. Their 1.16 WHIP is ninth and their 3.98 ERA is 14th.

In his last start, Newcomb gave up three hits and one earned run in 3.1 innings. They will need a similar performance from him to get past the Mets.

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Full-Game Side Bet

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The Mets have struggled because their pitching staff has been inconsistent so far. Opponents are batting .257 against them and they have a combined 4.78 ERA. Porcello got rocked in his first start, giving up seven hits and six earned runs in two innings. Expect him to struggle once again against the same lineup that outscored the Mets 20-4 in their last series because the Braves are hitting the ball well at the moment and scored nine runs in their last two games.

Prediction: Atlanta Braves

Full-Game Total Pick

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The Mets are a decent offensive team but they struggled the last time they faced Newcomb, scoring only one run in the game. With the team scoring seven runs in their last two games, expect them to be held in check in this game. The Braves have played well offensively and have scored 35 runs this season, which is ninth in the league. Even though they scored 14 runs the last time they faced the Mets, they have averaged four runs per game since then and will fall short of the total in this game.

Prediction: Under

First Five Innings Side Pick

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The Mets will win the first five innings of this game because they have outplayed the Braves in the first five innings of their last three games, averaging three runs per game while the Braves average 1.67 runs per game.

Prediction: New York Mets

First Five Innings Total Bet

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The Braves and Mets are averaging 4.67 combined runs per game in the first five innings of their last three games and will fall short of the first half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Under
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu

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