Eric Stults (8-17, 4.30 ERA) and Jon Niese (9-11, 3.40 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Atlanta Braves (3-0) and the New York Mets (2-1) at Turner Field. Action begins at 7:35 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 10 and can be seen on SNY and FSN-S.
Stults is 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 26 strikeouts against the Mets. Alberto Callaspo (.571 ) kept up his hot start Wednesday, going 2 for 3. Against the Braves, Niese is 7-6 with a 3.43 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, and 97 strikeouts. Travis d'Arnaud (.455 ) has been successful at the plate to the start the season for the Mets, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run and two RBIs.
New York is a slim -113 favorite over Atlanta. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at seven runs for this matchup. With a record of 3-0 when playing as the underdog and an overall money line of +377, the Braves have fared well so far this season. Atlanta strikes out the least of any team in the NL, with only 6.0 per game. Crossing over to the pitching staff, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Braves, who have a team ERA of only 1.00.
Predictions: SU Winner - ATL, O/U - Over
The Braves stand undefeated at 3-0 against the NL East Division, while the Mets have a 2-1 record in the division.
Atlanta and New York have both won every game when leading after 7 innings (2-0).
Neither the Braves (1-0) nor the Mets (2-0) have lost a game when they outhit opponents.
Ranking 12th in runs, New York has earned 10 this season. Atlanta ranks fourth with 16 runs.
Ranking 13th, New York is in the top half of the league in walks, notching seven this season. Atlanta ranks in the top five at third with 11.