Thursday only featured 10 games in total, one of which was the Atlanta Braves against the Miami Marlins.
The Braves are off to a strong start to the season and were looking to continue that form heading into Thursday afternoon’s game.
They delivered in a big way, coming back from an early first-inning deficit to comfortably win the game 6-3.
Dylan Dodd made a spot start for Atlanta, going 6.0 innings and allowing just three earned runs, two of which were in the first inning after a Jorge Soler home run.
The Braves had several home runs of their own, as Marcel Ozuna and Matt Olson went deep on the below average Miami pitching.
While the Braves picked up their third win in a row to move to 22-10 on the season, the best record in the National League, they did lose their superstar, Ronald Acuna Jr., as he left the game after fouling a ball off his knee.
This should not be a significant injury, but any time Acuna Jr. goes down, Braves fans always hold their breath.
Considering how the Braves have started this season, it is not surprising to see them as the new World Series favourite at 11/2 and as long as they can stay healthy, this looks to be an achievable goal.
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The New York Mets started this week with a split in the doubleheader with the Atlanta Braves, but the few days since then have been a disaster.
They travelled to Detroit to take on the Tigers, but subsequently were swept aside. When you get swept by the Tigers, things are clearly not going well.
No part of the team played well in Detroit as they averaged 2.0 runs per game, which includes getting shut out on Thursday afternoon.
Their pitching was excellent on Thursday, but as mentioned, the Mets could not give their pitching staff a single run of support.
Now six games behind the Braves in the NL East already, and sitting at 16-16 overall, they need to turn things around quickly.
Despite their horrible start to the season, the Mets are listed at 9/1 to win the World Series and 9/2 to win the NL East division. However, if they fail to do well moving forward, the fans in New York may start to turn on the team, which could turn a bad situation into an ugly one.
Expectations were not exactly the highest for the Boston Red Sox this season and they even started the season poorly, giving their fans even less confidence.
However, with an 11-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday, the Red Sox showcased their potential.
The win against Toronto makes it seven wins in their last 10 games, and they are now up to third place in the AL East, while their New York rivals are in last.
This win also moves them into the early Wild-Card conversation as they are now 19-14 overall and +0.5 games ahead of the Blue Jays and Angels.
While they have been stringing some wins together recently, the Red Sox are still 23/10 to make the playoffs, but after what we saw Thursday, do not be surprised if the Red Sox compete for a playoff spot for the majority of this season.
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