When you sign-up through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more >
One of the marquee matchups on the Tuesday MLB schedule will take place in Atlanta, as the Braves host the New York Mets in NL East competition. Both of these teams came into this season with championship aspirations, but only the Braves have lived up to their high expectations through the first two months of the season. Here, the Mets will look for a win to make a statement to the rest of the league that their best baseball is still to come.
The New York Mets come into Tuesday as a .500 ballclub, posting a record of 30-30 on the year. They have lost three games in a row coming into this contest, as they were swept over the weekend by the Toronto Blue Jays. In this contest, the Mets will aim to get back into the win column, though that could be hard to do given the pitching disadvantage they face at the start of this matchup.
Carlos Carrasco is on the hill to start this game for the Mets, who has really struggled in his 31.1 innings of work thus far. Carrasco is 2-2 on the season, but he has been leaking runs against his opponents this year, posting a 5.74 ERA along the way. He has allowed six home runs in his short time on the mound this year, which could be a huge concern against a team as potent offensively as Atlanta.
If Carrasco struggles again in this game, the Mets may have to fight offensive firepower with offensive firepower. Fortunately, the Mets have Pete Alonso to help provide plenty of that. Alonso has 21 home runs so far this year, which leads Major League Baseball. But it will take a lot more than Alonso’s bat to help the Mets win what could be a high scoring game down South.
The Atlanta Braves enter Tuesday’s MLB action on a two-game winning streak, having taken two out of three games against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Atlanta leads the NL East by three games over the Miami Marlins and 5.5 games over the Mets going into Tuesday’s slate. In this game, they send Bryce Elder to the mound, who has been a revelation for a Braves team with championship aspirations.
So far this season, Elder is 3-0 with a stingy 1.92 ERA in 65.2 innings of work. Elder has been great about avoiding truly hard contact this year, as he has allowed just four home runs in more than double the amount of innings that Carrasco has pitched this season. Elder’s ability to prevent the home run ball will be especially important when Alonso is at the plate, as keeping him in the yard will be the key to Atlanta’s success.
Offensively, the Braves rank fifth in baseball in runs scored so far this year. Against a struggling starting pitcher in the opposite dugout, this could be a breakout game for the Braves at the plate. But they will need to make sure to come out and play within themselves offensively, as being overly aggressive could help Carrasco produce one of his better outings of the 2023 season in Atlanta.
Free play options
Special contests for newbies
Bet $5 Get $200 in Bonus Bets
21+ | Terms and conditions apply
Wide range of betting options
Top notch customer service
Promo Code 'SPORTS'
$500 Free Bet
21+ | VA only | Gambling problem? Call 1-800-532-3500
Jay Sanin is a sports bettor and writer from New York. He has been handicapping since the moment he was old enough to gamble legally, with his specialties being niche sports like the WNBA and XFL. He’s been told he has a voice for radio. He also has a face for radio.More info on Jay Sanin
© Rebel Penguin ApS 2023 (a subsidiary of Gaming Innovation Group Inc.)
We support responsible gambling. 21+ Only. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-Gambler.
WSN.com is run by iGaming Cloud Inc (a Gaming Innovation Group Subsidiary) and is registered with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) under affiliate vendor ID 89744, with the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) under certificate of registration number SWR-000148, approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board as a gaming service provider, under certificate registration number 117656-1, possesses a Vendor Minor sports betting license from the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission (account number 94414163), granted a vendor registration number VR007603-20-001 by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, an interim Sports Wagering Supplier license, under license number SWS 066, issued by the West Virginia Lottery Commission, a sports betting vendor registration, under registration number #100400, issued by the Director of Gaming Licensing and Investigations of the Virginia Lottery to operate in the State of Virginia, and a Vendor Registration issued by the Sports Wagering Committee of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.
Advertising disclosure: WSN contains links to online retailers on its website. When people click on our affiliate links and make purchases, WSN earns a commission from our partners, including ESPN and various sportsbooks.