1:10 PM ET, September 2, 2013
Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia
New York: Matsuzaka (0-2, 8.68 ERA)
Atlanta: Maholm (9-10, 4.37 ERA)
After an all-around off night put an end to their winning streak, the Atlanta Braves would like to impress their online sports wagering fans behind Paul Maholm who has done an outstanding job at Turner Field and versus the New York Mets.
The 31 year-old will try to continue both those strong runs tonight in the opener of a three-game series.
After totaling 20 runs during their six-game winning streak, the Braves came up empty in a 7-0 defeat versus the Miami Marlins on Sunday. Justin Upton went 1 for 4 after missing two starts with a left hand contusion, while NL batting-leader Chris Johnson is likely to return to the lineup after being limited to pinch-hitting duty due to minor leg soreness.
Atlanta (83-53), who leads the NL East by 14 games, ranks last in the majors with 34 runs since Aug. 18. Even so,
YouWager experts believe the Braves have made up for those difficulties by posting baseball’s third-lowest ERA (2.87) over that span.
The Braves might not need much scoring with Maholm (9-10, 4.37 ERA) twho after allowing five runs over 5 1/3 innings in a 6-2 defeat versus the St. Louis Cardinals on Aug. 22 in his first start in more than a month due to a left wrist contusion, he limited the Cleveland Indians to one run over six innings.
Atlanta then pushed across a run in the ninth for a 3-2 win at Turner Field on Wednesday.
The left-hander hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in any of his eight home starts, going 5-2 with a 1.88 ERA.
Even when New York has averaged 7.5 runs while hitting .333 in their last four games, they had their three-game winning streak snapped in Sunday’s 6-5 defeat versus the Washington Nationals.
The Mets’ bullpen was not able to hold a 5-2 lead in the seventh inning, and its relievers could become a factor again in this contest if Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-2, 8.68) is unable to really make things happen tonight.
The Japan native has allowed nine runs and 12 hits in two starts since signing with the Mets on Aug. 22. Matsuzaka gave up four runs and six hits over 4 1/3 frames in Wednesday’s 6-2 defeat versus the Philadelphia Phillies.