Mets vs. Braves Friday Prediction
The underrated Mets are off to a good start to the new season and will look to beat the Braves on consecutive nights when the NL East rivals meet at 7:20 p.m. ET on Friday. What’s the best play for bettors?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Friday, April 12, 2019
7:20 p.m. ET, SunTrust Park, Atlanta, GA
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Public Betting Trends
According to our MLB Public Betting Chart page, 51% of the betting tickets are on the Mets to beat the Braves on the moneyline.
New York Mets Fantasy Spin
Mets manager Mickey Callaway expects Todd Frazier (oblique) to return "any day now." Frazier just wrapped up his sixth rehab game for High St. Lucie and looks to be 100 percent after missing most of spring training with a strained oblique. Frazier's imminent return could create a logjam in what has become a crowded Mets infield. The 33-year-old has seen time at three positions (third base, first and shortstop) during his rehab, perhaps in anticipation of transitioning to a utility role.
Atlanta Braves Fantasy Spin
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Braves are in agreement on a long-term contract extension with Ozzie Albies. The extensions just keep pouring in. Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears that this one between the Braves and Albies will be for seven years -- including this year -- at a guaranteed overall sum of $35 million. There are also two option years at the end. Albies was already under Atlanta's control through 2023, but now he's locked in through at least 2025, and possibly 2026-2027. The young second baseman was named a National League All-Star last year at age 21 and has batted .364/.429/.500 with one home run and two stolen bases through 11 games this season.
MLB Betting Trends
The Mets are 5-12 in their last 17 games versus the Braves and 2-5 in their last seven games in Atlanta.
The Braves have won 11 of their last 14 home games and are 7-2 in their last nine games overall.
The Mets are 11-4 in Zack Wheeler’s last 15 starts and have won five of his last seven outings on the road. They’re also 10-4 in their last 14 games overall and have won nine of their last 12 games against divisional opponents. Meanwhile, the Braves have dropped seven of their last nine games inside the division and are 7-18 in their last 25 games after allowing five runs or more in their previous contest. At -110 on the money line, the Mets offer good value tonight.
The Pick: New York Mets -110