Joe D'Amico's MLB 3-0 NL EAST Game of the Month
Atlanta vs. NY Mets,
05/26/2013 20:05 EDT,
Score: 2 - 4
Money Line: -129 Atlanta
Today's winner is Atlanta over New York. This is my NL East Game of the Month.
The Atlanta Braves are red-hot, winning 8 straight games, outscoring opponents by a combined 47-21. The Braves have taken both game 1 and 2 in this series over the Mets, 7-5 and 6-0. NY is cold as ice, dropping 12 of their L15, including their L5 in a row, blanking twice during their current 5-game skid. As a matter of fact, the "less than amazin' Mets haven't won at home in their L8 games played at Citi Field, posting a sorrowful 19 total runs in the 8 home losses. Atlanta owns New York, winning 15 of the L18 in the series. Johnson, Simmons, Upton, and Freeman each have 40 or more hits as the offense is 2nd overall in the Majors in round-trippers, boasting 64 HRs. The lineup from top to bottom all seems to be swatting the ball all over the field on opposing pitchers. All this while their pitching staff ranks 3rd in Staff ERA, allowing a mere 3.29 RPG. Today, Julio Teheran takes the mound. The RH is 3-1 on the season, boasting a 2-1 mark in his L3 outings, walking only 1 batter, fanning 10, and yielding just 6 ERs in 21.3 IP. He is 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA in his career when facing NY. The Mets offense is vulnerable. Murphy is the lineups only consistent batter, while Buck leads the unit with 11 Homers. Overall, they have 383 strike-outs. That averages out to 8.3 Ks a game. PITIFUL. They rank in or near the cellar in most offensive categories, including Team BA (.227). Their pitching rates among the poorest in Base Ball, with a Staff ERA of 4.58. Shaun Marcum starts today. The RH is 0-5 with a whopping 5.69 ERA on the season, going 0-3 with a 6.23 mark in his L3 starts. The Braves are 5-0 their L5 games played at the Mets, 6-0 their L6 games played vs. RH starters, 10-1 their L11 as a favorite, 42-14 their L56 against the NL East, and 7-1 in Teheran's L8 starts. The Mets are 7-20 their L27 games played overall, 0-8 their L8 home games vs. RH starters, 15-38 their L53 games played as a 'dog, 19-43 their L62 home games, and 1-4 in Marcum's L5 starts. Take Atlanta. Thank you.