Atlanta Braves at New York Mets odds, picks and predictions

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The Atlanta Braves (63-42) and New York Mets (66-38) continue a 5-game Citi Field series with Game 2 Friday at 7:10 p.m. ET. Let's analyze Tipico Sportsbook's lines around the Braves vs. Metsodds with MLB picks and predictions.

Season series: Mets lead 5-3

Before Thursday's 6-4 loss, the Braves were 4-1 over their last 5 games and had a 1.60 ERA over that stretch and a 2.88 mark since July 1.

The Mets are 9-1 in their last 10 games. The New York surge has been led by the club's offense: the Mets batted .317/.378/.548 (.926 OPS) in the 9 games before Thursday's series opener.

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Braves at Mets projected starters

RHP Ian Anderson vs. RHP Taijuan Walker

Anderson (9-6, 4.99 ERA) has made 20 starts this season. He has a 1.50 WHIP, 4.4 BB/9 and 8.0 K/9 in 101 IP.

  • Pitched 6 shutout innings in Saturday start vs. Arizona with 1 H, 1 BB and 9 K. Has held foes to 1 run or less in 3 of his last 5 turns.
  • Has held current Mets batters to a .611 OPS.

Walker (9-2, 2.79 ERA) has a 1.13 WHIP, 2.4 BB/9 and 7.0 K/9 through 103 1/3 IP in 18 starts.

  • Has a 1.93 ERA at home.
  • Current Braves batters own an aggregate .638 OPS against him.

Braves at Mets odds and lines

Odds provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 12:24 a.m. ET.

  • Money line: Braves +110 (bet $100 to win $110) | Mets -135 (bet $135 to win $100)
  • Run line (RL)/Against the spread (ATS): Braves +1.5 (-180) | Mets -1.5 (+145)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 8.5 (O: -112 | U: -108)

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Braves at Mets picks and predictions

Prediction

Braves 5, Mets 4

Money line

Walker's line has been buoyed by an 88.7% success rate in preventing runs with runners in scoring position and by a .257 batting average on balls in play. Peg his expected ERA being closer to 4.00, and he's coming off back-to-back 100-pitch games.

TAKE ATLANTA (+110).

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Run line/Against the spread

AVOID. The extra juice here nixes any potential value in getting the Braves by with a healthy cushion.

Over/Under

Mixed signals here: some Under in general when looking at the offenses.

With neither bullpen extended Thursday, this total isn't worth revisiting as an Over lean. PASS.

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