In our MLB predictions for Friday, August 5, we have prepared the best Braves vs Mets betting pick and odds. Atlanta and New York lock horns in the second of a five-game series and Thursday’s opener has been excluded from the analysis. The Braves will start Ian Anderson, while the Mets will counter with Taijuan Walker.
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Braves vs Mets Betting Pick
This game will be played at Citi Field at 7:10 PM ET on Friday, August 5, 2022.
Why Bet The Mets:
✅ Taijuan Walker aims for his third straight win. The 29-year-old right-hander is 9-2 with a strong 2.79 ERA, 3.35 FIP, and 1.13 WHIP in 18 starts (103.1 innings pitched) this season. The Mets have gone 7-2 in his previous nine appearances, and Walker has registered a sharp 2.38 ERA and 2.94 FIP across 56.2 innings of work in that stretch.
✅ Ian Anderson is 9-6 with a pedestrian 4.99 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 20 starts (101 IP) in 2022. He pitched six scoreless innings last time out, but Anderson has been inconsistent all season. The 24-year-old righty holds a 4.58 ERA in his last four starts and ranks in the 31st percentile in xwOBA.
✅ Since the All-Star break, the New York Mets have averaged exactly five runs per game. They’ve also recorded an excellent .296/.357/.494 slash line with 14 home runs and 32 extra-base hits in 389 at-bats.
The Braves just split a two-game home set against the Philadelphia Phillies. After a 13-1 victory in Tuesday’s opener, the Braves suffered a 3-1 defeat in Wednesday’s closer. The reigning champs put an end to a four-game winning streak, remaining at the second spot in the NL East. They were three and a half games behind the Mets.
Atlanta has gone 7-4 since the All-Star week. The Braves have scored 54 runs in that span, hitting a solid .255/.321/.424 with 14 homers and 18 extra-base hits through 361 at-bats. On the pitching side of things, their bullpen has compiled a troublesome 5.40 ERA, 4.72 FIP, and 4.5 BB/9 in the last ten days and 20 innings of work.
New York Mets
The Mets outlasted the lowly Washington Nationals 9-5 this past Wednesday to clinch a three-game set at Nationals Park and improve to 66-38 on the season. New York is 8-3 in the second half of the season and continues to chase the LA Dodgers for the best record in the National League.
Over the last ten days, the Mets’ bullpen has tossed 20 frames while posting an underwhelming 4.95 ERA and 5.47 FIP. At least, Edwin Diaz has been unstoppable as of late. The 28-year-old righty hasn’t allowed a single run in 15 straight outings (14.1 innings pitched) while punching out 31.