The 2021 MLB season has been mostly kind to the New York Mets. A 36-29 record through the first 65 games has them sitting at the top of the NL East, 4.0 games ahead of the second-place Philadelphia Phillies. However, the Mets have lost four of their last five games and could use some help setting the ship back on course. The good news is that they could be getting help as soon as Monday night.
Second baseman Jeff McNeil has been sidelined since May 16 with a hamstring strain and is set to be on the Mets' bench for the first game of a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves on Monday. However, the aforementioned good news is that McNeil could end up starting in the second game of the night, according to NBC Sports Edge.
Jeff McNeil Injury Update
Getting McNeil back off of the injured list — whether he's coming off of the bench or in the starting lineup — should give the Mets somewhat of a boost. The former All-Star has only played in 31 games with New York so far this season, recording 3 home runs and 8 RBI while slashing .242/.336/.374. Those numbers are a far cry from when he had 23 homers and 75 RBI on .318/.384/.531 hitting in 2019, but the hope is that the extended time off has helped McNeil get back on track.
Fortunately for the Mets, McNeil has batted well against the Braves throughout his career. In 108 career at-bats against Atlanta, the 29-year-old second baseman has recorded 15 doubles, one home run and 12 RBI while slashing .315/.359/.481.
At -290 odds, the Mets are currently being favored to beat the divisional rival Braves in the first game of Monday's doubleheader, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Meanwhile, New York also has the best odds to win the NL East at -330 while Atlanta is a distant second at +650.
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