MLB Baseball Vegas Online Sports Betting & Predictions Tuesday June 12th, 2018
NY Mets Looking for Offense as They Visit Atlanta
The New York Mets have been sinking like a stone in the NL East standings for the past six weeks. They have a whopping nine regulars from their 25-man lineup currently out with injuries. It includes their best pitcher in Noah Syndergaard and their best hitter in Yoenis Cespedes. Other stalwarts include Asdrubal Cabrera, Jeurys Familia, Wilmer Flores, David Wright and Travis d’Arnaud.
At the same time, it appears the pitching staff has been able to overcome some of those injuries while the offense continues to suffer in a big way.
Since May 1st the Mets are 11-25. They started May by losing eight of nine games, and then had somewhat of a recovery before sinking again.
They beat the Yankees on Sunday, 2-0 their first win of June and it snapped an eight-game losing streak.
In their last nine games they’ve scored a total of 12 runs and seven of them came in two of the games. They’ve scored one run or less in five of those games.
Meanwhile the pitching staff has allowed two runs or less in four of the past six games and they’ve only managed to win that most recent game with their cross-town rivals.
One can just imagine the tension that is likely brewing in that locker room, especially after their 11-1 start to the season helped to raise everyone’s hopes.
Atlanta Braves in the meanwhile just dropped two of three to the LA Dodgers and are just 3-5 in their last eight games.
They remain 37-28 and in the fight for first in the NL East, tied with Washington entering play this week. The injury bug has hit them as well of late with two of their best players in Ronald Acuna Jr. and Julio Teheran out.
They dropped a 7-2 decision to LA on Sunday and were outscored 17-10 over the three-game set. Previous to that, they also lost two of three to San Diego.
The Mets are averaging 1.5 RPG in June and their team ERA is 3.04
The Braves are averaging 4.44 RPG in June and their team ERA is 4.06
Zack Wheeler (2-4, 4.57 ERA) has dropped almost 1.4 runs from his ERA in the past four starts, with three very strong ones. That includes throwing seven scoreless innings against Baltimore last time out. The Mets lost that game 1-0 and have lost his last six starts even though he’s allowed two earned runs or less in four of them while pitching at least six innings in each of them.
Mike Foltynewicz (5-4, 2.31 ERA) has been one of the most impressive pitchers in the National League this season. He’s allowed two earned runs or less in nine out of his last ten games. He’s also allowed four hits or less in eight of those starts. But Atlanta hasn’t been able to give him much run support or bullpen help, with the team posting a 4-6 record in spite his 2.16 ERA over that span.
Atlanta is -144 favorites and New York +134 underdogs. New York did just enough against another ace on Sunday to eke out a win, but I think that’s two much to ask two games in a row. The Pick: Braves 4-1.