Ryan Weber (0-1, 3.00 ERA) and Jonathon Niese (8-10, 4.36 ERA) start in the last of a four-game series between the Atlanta Braves (56-87) and the New York Mets (81-61) at Turner Field. The Mets won the last game 6-4, continuing a six-game winning streak. New York can finish out the series sweep with a win in this game. Action begins at 1:35 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep. 13 and can be seen on FSSO and SNY.
Weber pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out two and walking one in a 5-0 defeat to the Phillies. Juan Uribe (.255, 37 Rs, 13 HRs, 41 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 4 with one run and three RBIs. Niese went 3.1 innings, surrendering five runs, striking out one and walking three in an 8-5 defeat to the Nationals in his last outing. Yoenis Cespedes (.298, 97 Rs, 34 HRs, 102 RBIs, 7 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
New York takes on Atlanta as a -160 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at eight runs. The Braves have recorded an overall money line of -2,094 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 41-72. Atlanta has recorded a disappointing 1-8 record as the underdog over its last 10 games. The Braves lead the MLB in extra base hits with 332. Atlanta's pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 6.3 runs per game, well above its season average of 4.8.
In the other locker room, New York is coming in with an overall money line of +1,438 and an impressive record of 62-24 as the favorite. They have been playing solid baseball as favorite with a 35-12 record against NL East opponents, and a 42-20 record SU. Offensively, they average four runs per game on the road, which is fifth in the NL. New York's pitching staff is one of the top in the NL, with a 3.42 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Mets are the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.17 for the season.
The Mets lead the season series, 9-6. The Braves have a bad 9-18 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Niese takes the mound. Weber (RHP) will be on the hill against the Mets, who have a 63-48 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYM, O/U - Over
The Mets hold a 43-20 record in matchups against NL East Division rivals, while the Braves currently sit at 27-36 in these games.
The Braves managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Mets who are coming in with an 18-6 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
The Mets are coming into the game with six consecutive wins, while the Braves currently have a losing streak of three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Braves are 39-18. The Mets have a 58-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 30th, Atlanta is at the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 510 this season. New York ranks in the top half at 14th with 604.
Atlanta and New York both rank in the top 10 of the league in walks. Atlanta sits at 10th with 421 this season and New York ranks ninth with 425.
The Braves are 34-32 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Mets are 55-26 when they hit at least one homer.