Mets Suddenly Have Challenge for Top of NL East from Braves

Mets Suddenly Have Challenge for Top of NL East from Braves
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

The New York Mets face the Atlanta Braves in the second of their key three-game series in Atlanta tonight (SNY, 7:20).

Folks steeped in sports betting in New York are assessing a matchup of the Mets’ David Peterson (5-1, 3.48 ERA) against the Braves’ Spencer Strider (4-2, 2.60 ERA).

Strider and the Braves (52-36) are -210 on the moneyline tonight at Caesars New York and are +100 giving 1.5 runs.

The Mets (54-33) are +175 as a moneyline underdog and are -120 getting 1.5 runs. The over/under run total for the game is 8.5.

FanDuel New York has the Mets as a +184 moneyline ‘dog, and they are -120 getting 1.5 runs.

The Braves are a -220 favorite on the FanDuel app, and they are +100 on 1.5 runs.

Where Mets Stand in MLB Futures

On the futures side, Caesars has the Mets still as a slight favorite to win the National League East at -145 with the Braves right on their tail at +130. 
New York is the second choice in MLB betting to win the National League at +360, with the Los Angeles Dodgers leading the way at +200. The Braves are third overall at +420 with the San Diego Padres and Milwaukee Brewers rounding out the top five at +850 each. 
Caesars has the Mets as the fourth choice to win the World Series at +700, with the New York Yankees (+400), Dodgers (+450) and Houston Astros (+500) ahead of them. The Braves round out the top five favorites at +900.

Meanwhile, at FanDuel, the Mets are -140 and the Braves +120 in the NL East. New York is +370 as the second choice to the Dodgers (+200) to win the NL. Like Caesars, the Mets (+700) are the fourth selection to win the World Series behind the Yankees and Dodgers (both +400) and the Astros (+500).

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Max Steps Up Monday

Only 1½ games up in the NL East Division race entering Monday, the Mets needed a big-time start from one of their aces. Max Scherzer delivered. 
Scherzer (6-1, 2.15 ERA) outperformed Braves starter Max Fried en route to a 4-1 series-opening victory. Scherzer went seven innings. He allowed only a solo home run to Austin Riley in the seventh inning, with no walks and nine strikeouts to earn the victory. 
Entering Monday’s contest, the Braves (30-19 at home) had won three in a row and six of their last seven games after a three-game home series sweep of the Washington Nationals.

All-Stars for Mets, Braves

Second baseman Jeff McNeil, first baseman Pete Alonso, outfielder Starling Marte and pitcher Edwin Diaz all were selected for the July 19 All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium.

This will be the first time that four players were selected from the Mets since 2016. Alonso also will be shooting for his third straight Home Run Derby title on Monday.

Five Braves players, the most since 2011, will be making the West Coast trip as well.

Outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr., shortstop Dansby Swanson, catchers William Contreras and Travis d’Arnaud and Fried all will be making their first All-Star appearances.

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Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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