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May 17 2021 at 7:10 PM ET
New York
Sport: MLB | Star Rating: 10.0 Evaluation: Win (1380)
NYM (138) @ caesars

Contrarian Crusher - Rickenbach MLB Rotation #953 Monday 10* Top Play New York Mets Money Line (+140) @ Atlanta Braves @ 7:10 ET - The first line to come out on this game was in the -125 range and now the money line has quickly shot up to the -150 range. Free money on the Braves, right? In typical contrarian fashion I am fading the line move here and grabbing the line value on the other side. I fully understand the line as the Braves Max Fried has looked solid since returning from injury. However, Taijuan Walker has been fantastic this season with a 2.20 ERA and holding opponents to a paltry .170 batting average! I am not saying the Mets are better than the Braves overall but I like to take dogs when there is reason to fade a favorite. That is the case here as Walker has been better overall this season in comparison with Fried. Also, the Braves have a losing record at home this season plus are an ugly 7-13 this season when facing a team with a winning record! I am aware that the Mets have some injury issues but Atlanta's Ronald Acuna Jr is dealing with an ankle injury and he is arguably the most important hitter in the Braves lineup. Atlanta has not seen Walker start against them since the 2017 season while the Mets saw Friend not just once but twice last season. In my mind there is simply no justification for Atlanta to have been adjusted up into the -150 range here as the bookmakers do not give away "free money" but that is the way the bettors have acted in the way they jumped all over Atlanta here after the odds makers said the right price was closer to -120 than -150. As usual, I am siding with the odds makers on this money line! Give me the dog! 10* NEW YORK METS +140


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