Bartolo Colon (3-0, 2.25 ERA) and the New York Mets (12-3) go up against Julio Teheran (2-0, 3.71 ERA) and the Atlanta Braves (8-6) in the last of a three-game division series at Citi Field. The Mets won the last game 3-2, extending a 10-game winning streak. The game gets underway at 1:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Apr. 23 and will air on SPSO and SNY.
Colon is 5-2 with a 2.25 ERA and 1.04 WHIP against the Braves in his career. Travis d'Arnaud (.317, 5 Rs, 2 HRs, 10 RBIs) kept up his strong start yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one run and one RBI. In his career against the Mets, Teheran is 4-2 with a 3.04 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and 38 strikeouts. Nick Markakis (.362, 8 Rs, 5 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
New York is a -134 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is seven runs. The Mets have a winning record of 8-1 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of +848. They have SU record of 9-1 and are unbeaten as the favorite (8-0) over their last 10 games. The Mets typically don't swing at bad pitches, which has led to an impressive 3.6 walks per game. As for the pitching staff, the Mets are fourth in the league in WHIP at 1.09.
Across the field, the Braves have a nice record of 6-4 when they are the underdog and are +475 overall with the money line. Against divisional foes, they are 6-4 SU and have played well as the underdog with a 4-3 record. When it comes to scoring, the Braves haven't performed as well against teams from the NL East. During those games, they averaged three runs per game, below their 4.2 runs per game season average.
In their previous five games this season, the Mets have a 3-2 record. The Mets will take on a right-hander (Teheran) in this game. They have a 10-2 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season and are a perfect 8-0 at home. Taking the hill against the Braves will be the right-hander Colon. They sport a 6-4 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYM, O/U - Over
The Mets sit at 12-3 against their divisional rivals, while the Braves are 6-5.
Atlanta has won 38% (3-5) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, New York has won 89% (8-1) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Mets are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded four strikeouts. The Braves have a record of 1-1 when opponents' pitchers have that many strikeouts or fewer.
The Mets are coming into the game with 10 consecutive wins, while the Braves currently have a losing streak of two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Braves are 6-1. The Mets have a 7-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 20th in runs, Atlanta has earned 57 this season. New York ranks ninth with 67 runs.
Ranking 11th, Atlanta is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 47 this season. New York ranks in the top five at fifth with 53.
When the Mets hit at least one home run, they are 6-1. When the Braves hit at least one homer, they have a 4-5 record.