MLB Baseball - Preview

MLB BASEBALL

New York Mets vs. Atlanta Braves

If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Monday when the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves meet at Turner Field.

The Mets will pin their hopes on the pitching of righthander Daisuke Matsuzaka in this game. Matsuzaka has a 0-2 record and a 8.68 ERA this season.

The Braves will counter Matsuzaka with Paul Maholm. Lefthander Maholm has a 4.37 ERA to go along with a 9-10 record this season.

Last time out for New York, they were a 6-5 loser as they battled the Nationals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Nationals at -142 were rewarded, while the 11 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Atlanta was a 7-0 loser in its last match at home against the Marlins. They lost as -220 favorites, while the total score of 7 made winners of UNDER bettors.

Team records:
New York: 62-73 SU
Atlanta: 83-53 SU

New York most recently:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing Atlanta are 6-4
After playing Washington are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6

Atlanta most recently:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing NY Mets are 5-5
After playing Miami are 4-6
After a loss are 8-2

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Mets's last 5 games
NY Mets are 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Mets's last 6 games on the road
NY Mets are 5-10 SU in its last 15 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
Atlanta is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Atlanta is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Atlanta's last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 7 games at home

Next up:
Atlanta home to NY Mets, Tuesday, September 3