Free Pick Breakdown, Odds & Prediction: Mets vs. Braves (8/23/23) - Taking Vegas



Free Pick Breakdown, Odds & Prediction: Mets vs. Braves (8/23/23)

By TakingVegas Staff Writer
August 23, 2023
Photo by: Alex Slitz - Getty Images

The New York Mets have been struggling this season as they are fourth in the NL East with a 59-68 record thus far. Veteran southpaw Jose Quintana takes the mound here and is coming off a victory against the St. Louis Cardinals where he pitched six innings and gave up two runs on three hits with four walks and five strikeouts. 

The Atlanta Braves have been dominant throughout the season as they are leading the NL East with a 81-44 record. Veteran right-hander Charlie Morton will be toeing the slab here and is coming off a win against the New York Yankees where he threw six shutout innings and allowed six hits with one walk and 10 strikeouts. 

Match Details

Fixture: New York Mets vs. Atlanta Braves

Date & Time: Wednesday, August 23, 7:20 p.m. EDT

Venue Truist Park in Atlanta, GA

Mets vs. Braves Betting Odds

TeamSpread MoneylineTotal
New York Mets+1.5 (-118)+164Over 10 (-102)
Atlanta Braves-1.5 (-102)-198Under 10 (-118)

Odds Subject to Change**

Mets vs. Braves Key Stats

New York Mets

The New York Mets have been an average offensive team as they are sitting in 18th place in the majors with a .723 OPS while scoring 4.45 runs per game up to this point. This lineup has been doing decently well on the road as they are 15th in MLB and they have a .727 OPS while averaging 4.68 runs in their 68 road games thus far. First baseman Pete Alonso has been doing extremely well this season as he has a .224/.325/.531 slash line with 39 home runs, 95 RBIs, 73 runs scored, and four stolen base while caught once.

Jose Quintana has been pitching very well throughout the season as he is 1-4 with a 3.03 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP in 35.2 innings of work. He has been struggling with his command as he has 14 walks compared to 25 strikeouts. Quintana faced the Braves once back on August 12 and lost by going six innings and gave up one run on four hits with three walks and four strikeouts.  

Atlanta Braves

The Atlanta Braves have been a dominant offensive team statistically this season as they are best in baseball with a .843 team OPS while averaging 5.78 runs per game. At home this year, this Braves team has been dominant as they have a .278/.348/.513 team slash line and have scored 5.85 runs in their 65 home games so far. Right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr has been stepping up in the batter’s box as he has a .988 OPS with 28 home runs, 74 RBIs, 113 runs scored, and 58 steals on 68 tries.

Charlie Morton has been doing well throughout the year as he is 12-10 with a 3.54 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP in 134.2 innings. Morton has been limiting the damage against him as he has allowed 13 homers thus far, or less than one every 10 innings. This will be his fourth start this season against the Mets and he is 1-1 in 15 innings and allowed eight runs on 13 hits with one hit by pitch, 14 walks and 15 strikeouts.

Mets vs. Braves Prediction

The Atlanta Braves have completely dominated the New York Mets this season and should continue here. The Braves have been the best offense in baseball while the Mets are looking towards 2024 and beyond. Charlie Morton should not allow more than a couple of runs in this game so go with the Atlanta Braves to cover the run line. 

Betting Prediction: Atlanta Braves -1.5 (-102)