A National League East showdown concludes on Monday, August 3, 2020, when the Atlanta Braves (7-3) hosts the New York Mets (3-7) in game four of their weekend series. This will be the seventh game these two have played against each other already this season. Atlanta has won five of the previous six, including the last five. This game will air live on FS1 at 7:10 p.m. EST.
Since winning the opening game of the season, 1-0, the New York Mets have been on an incredible downslide. The Braves went on to win the final two games of the opening series 5-3 and 14-1. This series has been more of the same story as Atlanta won an exciting game one 11-10 and then dominated Saturday and Sunday with a 7-1 and 4-0 win.
Below is my pick for the Major League Baseball showdown between the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves. All odds are from BetMGM Sportsbook.
New York Mets (-114) at Atlanta Braves (+100)
Pitching Matchup: Jacob deGrom (0-0, 1.64 ERA, 12K) vs Mike Soroka (0-0, 1.59 ERA, 8K)
Jacob deGrom must feel like he is living in the twilight zone as this season is starting off like each of his last two seasons. deGrom is the best pitcher in baseball, coming off two straight Cy Young awards, but the righty can’t seem to buy a win. Jacob deGrom has started two games this season, given up just two earned runs and four hits, but has yet to earn a win. deGrom has 12 strikeouts in his 11 innings of work and has an impressive 0.55 WHIP.
Mike Soroka has also had an incredible start to 2020 but, like deGrom, has two no decisions. Soroka started the opening game for Atlanta and pitched six shutout innings against these Mets. The righty then faced the Tampa Bay Rays and held them to three runs, two earned, and four hits in 5.1 innings pitched. So far in 2020, Soroka has pitched 11.1 innings, allowed eight hits, three runs, two earned, and boasts a 0.97 WHIP.
History: The Atlanta Braves lead the all-time series 477-396 and are on their way to winning the season series for the third straight year.
Free MLB Picks: Give me Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets.
2020 Picks Record: 14-6