Jacob deGrom (0-0, 1.64 ERA) vs. Mike Soroka (0-0, 1.59 ERA)
The New York Mets and Atlanta Braves will conclude their four-game series on Monday at Truist Park. The Braves are looking for a sweep, while the Mets hope to salvage a game out of this meeting in Atlanta. Since going up 8-2 on the Braves Friday night, the Mets have not been interested in playing.
They went into sleep mode and lost that game by a score of 11-10. The Braves scored five 8th inning runs to take a 11-10 lead on the Mets. That was enough to suck the energy right out of the Mets apparently. They’ve scored just 1 run in their last two games. In their latest defeat, the Braves won 4-0 on Sunday behind a solid Kyle Wright performance.
Wright went 3.1 innings with no runs allowed and 5 hits conceded. The bullpen had to bail him out after giving up those 5 hits and issuing 4 walks, but the relievers came to play for the second straight day. Four relievers combined for 5.2 innings of no run baseball and seven strikeouts. The Braves’ pitching was on point the day before as well, with 1 run allowed across 9 innings in a 7-1 win.
Five straight wins for the Braves has them leading the NL East with a record of 7-3. With the Philadelphia Phillies out of commission, having played only three games because of the coronavirus, and the Nationals at 3-4, there hasn’t been much competition for the Braves. The Marlins are the Marlins, but they’ve been sidelined, too, because of the virus.
Despite all of the noise happening, I believe the Braves are still the team to beat in the division. Even if the Phillies were playing right now, there is a lot to like about the Braves. They are expected to send out ace Mike Soroka to see if he can keep up with Jacob deGrom of the Mets. It should be a solid matchup between two of the better pitchers in the major leagues. Head below for our free New York Mets vs. Atlanta Braves pick for August 3, 2020.
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Jacob deGrom will be taking to the hill for his third start of the season. It feels like we just got started in the majors a couple of days ago, but deGrom is already making his third start. In a season with just 60 games, this is going to feel like it’s over in a minute. We’re used to 162 games in a season, so this is going to feel like nothing.
The Braves have put themselves in a good position to open the season. Mike Soroka has asserted himself well in two starts. Soroka has a 1.59 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in 11.1 innings of work. He opened the season against the Mets with 4 hits, no walks, and no runs conceded for a 0.00 ERA and 0.67 WHIP. Soroka was in decent form in his next outing, as the Rays got to him for 2 earned runs in 5.1 innings.
Soroka has been dominant versus Mets’ hitters in his career. They’re hitting .189 with a .199 OBP. He won’t have to worry about Yoenis Cespedes now, because he decided to opt out on Sunday afternoon. No one knew where the guy was and the team only found out after the game started that Cespedes had a change of heart and is deciding on sitting out. It was odd timing for Cespedes who didn’t even inform the team. His agent ultimately informed the organization that Cespedes wasn’t showing up today or for the rest of the season.
The energy in the room for the Mets has to be at a low going into the series finale on Monday. At least they deGrom on the bump, who gives them the best chance of avoiding a sweep. He owns an ERA of 1.64 and 0.55 WHIP after disposing of the Braves and Red Sox in an easy order.
In 11 innings, deGrom has conceded 4 hits and 2 earned runs. The Braves are hitting just .180 with a .226 against deGrom in 315 at-bats. It’s likely that he succeeds on Monday in this one. It might not be enough for a win, though the scoring should be kept to a minimum. The UNDER is worth a look with deGrom and Soroka dueling in Atlanta.