Last Updated Aug 18, 2022, 11:55 PM

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The New York Mets will take on the host Atlanta Braves on Tuesday in the second contest of a four-game NL East set. First pitch is slated for 7:20 p.m. ET from Truist Park. Coverage will be on each team’s regional sports channel as well as MLB.TV.   

This will be a pitching duel between a pair of righties. Taijuan Walker will take the mound for the Mets. Charlie Morton is the starting pitcher for the Braves. Walker is 10-3 with an ERA of 3.43. Morton has a 5-5 record, and his ERA is 4.26. 

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Prior to the series, the Mets led the defending World Series champion Braves by 5.5 games in the NL East. The Mets beat the Braves four out of five times in New York in a set earlier this month. 

Before the series, the Mets were 4-1 in their last five games. The Mets are coming off taking two out of three at home vs. the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies

Leading up to the set, the Braves were riding a six-game winning streak. Most recently, the Braves swept a four-game set at the NL East rival Miami Marlins

Walker has allowed 101 hits, nine home runs, and 31 walks, along with throwing 85 strikeouts in 110.1 innings. The Mets are 4-1 in Walker’s last five appearances. In Walker’s last game vs. the Reds on Aug. 10, he allowed two earned runs and five hits along with throwing five strikeouts in six innings. 

Morton has given up 104 hits, 18 home runs, and 44 walks in addition to tossing 141 strikeouts in 122.2 innings. The Braves are 2-3 in Morton’s last five outings. In Morton’s last game vs. the Red Sox on Aug. 9, he gave up five earned runs and three home runs in addition to throwing seven strikeouts in six innings. 

Before the contest on Aug. 15, the Mets ranked second in on-base percentage (.330), fourth in batting average (.259) and RBI (525), 10th in slugging percentage (.409), and 16th in home runs (116). First baseman Pete Alonso leads the Mets in home runs (29), RBI (97) and hits (116). Second baseman Jeff McNeil has a team-best .307 batting average. Left fielder Mark Canha is tops in on-base percentage (.368). 

Prior to the action on Aug. 15, the Braves ranked second in home runs (177) and slugging percentage (.444), third in RBI (530), ninth in batting average (.251) and 13th in on-base percentage (.315). Third baseman Austin Riley leads the Braves in batting average (.292), home runs (30), and on-base percentage (.357). Shortstop Dansby Swanson is tops on the Braves in hits (131). First baseman Matt Olson is second on the Braves in home runs (24) and tops in RBI (75). 

For the money line, it’s Mets +130 and Braves -155. The over/under is set for 8.5 runs. 

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Before the division matchup, the Mets were 64-51 against the spread overall and 33-23 against the spread on the road. In terms of over/under, the Mets were 58-51-6 overall and 27-26-3 on the road. 

Prior to the series, the Braves were 58-58 against the spread overall and 26-33 against the spread at home. For over/under, the Braves were 57-52-7 overall and 28-29-2 at home. 

Count on the under to occur between these familiar foes. The Braves should cover the spread and gain some ground in the division race. 

Written by Rolando Rosa, our US sports betting industry expert. 

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