New York Mets (74-58) at Atlanta (68-65), 7:10 p.m. EDT Sports.com Line: Atlanta -165, New York +145 Total: 6.5
The Mets and Braves conclude their four-game series at Turner Field Thursday night. The Braves enter play three games ahead of the Phillies in the NL East. The Braves have won the first three games of this series by a combined score of 22-6.
The Mets will throw hard-luck starter Johan Santana (10-9, 3.02 ERA). Despite pitching to a 2.72 ERA in his last six starts, Santana is just 2-4 in these games. Santana has lasted at least seven innings in each of those starts. NFL Betting Lines
Tim Hudson (15-5, 2.24 ERA) gets the start for the Braves. Hudson loves pitching at home and he loves pitching against the Mets this season. In his 14 starts at Turner Field this season, Hudson is 10-3 with a 1.83 ERA. Hudson has won both of his starts against the Mets this season while posting a 0.69 ERA (one run in 13 innings). Hudson has also been terrific in his last eight starts going 6-0 with a 1.43 ERA. Basketball Lines
Rumor has it that the Mets have already quit this season. Their 17-28 record and .221 team BA since the All-Star Break back up this claim. Look for Hudson and the Braves to complete the sweep. NFL Lines
FoxSheets says: ATLANTA is 19-4 (+14.1 Units) against the money line in home games vs. a starting pitcher whose strikes out 5 or more batters per start this season. The average score was ATLANTA 5.7, OPPONENT 2.8 – (Rating = 3*).