MLB Picks: The Braves look to get a 2-0 jump tonight in their four game series with the Mets at Turner Field. Atlanta got a 5-3 game one win last night against injury riddled New York to move to within a game of the second place Marlins. Bodog.com has the Braves listed as a heavy -220 moneyline favorite in their MLB Picks: Mets vs Braves MLB Betting Odds – July 17, 2009.
Atlanta won four out of six heading into the break to move into third place in the National League East standings. After yesterday's victory, they are now 44-45 on the season and 22-21 at home. Bobby Cox' club did not gain on Philadelphia last night as the Phillies won 4-0 at Florida, but they did draw to within a game of second place in the division as a result of the Marlins loss.
The Braves look to get even closer tonight with ace Jair Jurrjens heading to the bump. The 23 year old is 7-7 this year with a 2.91 ERA. However, he is just 3-4 at Turner Field, despite a 2.98 earned run average. The Braves are 4-5 in his nine starts at home.
The Mets, which have been decimated by injuries, showed some heart going into the All-Star break as they won two straight against the Reds to win their first series since June 25th. In spite of the pre-All-Star uptick, the Mets crashed last night 5-3 to drop them to 42-46 overall and 17-26 on the road.
Mike Pelfrey, the 25 year old righty from Ohio, will try to get his club just their fourth win in the last 11 games when he takes the ball tonight. The Wichita State product is 7-4 in 17 starts this season with a 4.47 ERA. He possesses a 4-2 record away from Citi Field and he is 1-0 versus the Braves this year. Pelfrey worked seven innings against Atlanta on May 12th, giving up just six hits and two earned runs to get a 4-3 victory.
This evening's NL East rivalry tilt is scheduled to start at 7:30pm ET at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia.
New York Mets +1.5 (-115), Over 8.5 (-120), +190 (Moneyline)
Atlanta Braves -1.5 (-105), Under 8.5 (+100), -220 (Moneyline)
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