Johan Santana: New York Mets SP Takes on the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field
Las Vegas oddsmakers have established the Braves as slight -115 home favorites, while the total remains at seven, but is receiving some upward pressure in the betting market.
New York has won all four meetings with Atlanta this year, including a 6-1 win on Monday night. The Mets' pitching staff has limited the Braves to just eight combined runs, as they are 1-for-21 (.048) with runners in scoring position in those contests.
Johan Santana (0-1, 0.90 ERA) will be making just his third start of the season, but he's already faced the Braves in a 1-0 season-opening home victory for the Mets on April 5. He didn't factor in the decision, tossing five shutout innings and allowing just two hits.
The left-hander has a disappointing 3-6 record in 13 career starts versus the Braves despite bringing in a magnificent 2.14 ERA. Santana is 2-3 with a 2.48 ERA in six outings inside tonight's ball park.
Sports bettors will find that the "under" is 10-1 in his last 11 starts in this heated rivalry.
Atlanta has won both games this year with a money line of -100 to -125, with both of those games falling short of the posted total. The Braves will be looking to improve upon their 3-3 record when facing left-handed starters.
Randall Delgado (1-0, 3.60 ERA) will be making just his ninth career start, coming off a 6-3 road win over the Houston Astros on April 11. He scattered five hits and allowed two runs over five innings in that effort.
Delgado is 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA in five career starts at Turner Field, surrendering five home runs in just 25 combined innings.
Weather forecasts are expecting a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms in the area throughout the game, with a 5-10 mph breeze out of the northwest (left to right).
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