Pittsburgh Pirates vs. New York Mets
The New York Mets and the Pittsburgh Pirates look to turn their seasons around as the meet at Citi Field in New York. The Mets are -120 favorites over the Pirates with an over/under run total at 7 runs.
The New York Mets avoided the home sweep at the hands of the Phillies by winning on Sunday and hope to carry that momentum forward. The Mets are 11-14 at home this season, 4-6 in their last 10 games, and eight and a half games back in the National League East. As a team New York is hitting .248 led by Jose Reyes at .335, Carlos Beltran at .264, and Justin Turner at .330. As a team the Mets pitching staff has a team ERA of 4.21 with the starters checking in at 4.33 and the bullpen at 3.98. For game one against Pittsburgh New York starts Dillon Gee who hasn’t lost this season. For the year Gee has allowed 31 hits and 17 earned runs while striking out 29 in 40 innings of work.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are still building for the future but the future is starting to look closer all the time. The Pirates are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 15-13 on the road, and six and a half games back in the National League Central. As a team Pittsburgh is hitting just .236 led by Neil Walker at .266, Andrew McCutchen at .257, and Jose Tabata at .252. As a staff the Pirates pitchers have a team ERA of 3.53 as the starters check in at 3.70 and the bullpen at an impressive 3.19. For game one against the Mets Pittsburgh starts Charlie Morton who seems to have found himself and is having far and away his best season. For the year Morton has allowed 53 hits and 18 earned runs while striking out 33 in 62 innings of work.
New York is 2-6 in their last eight games overall, 2-8 in their last 10 home games against a team with a winning record, and 6-0 in Gee’s last six starts. Pittsburgh is 17-40 in their last 57 games against the National League East, and 7-19 in Morton’s last 26 starts. Pittsburgh is 5-17 in their last 22 games in New York.
While I think this is a one run game and I think it’s a toss up, I’ll give the Mets the nod with Gee and being home. Take the Mets minus 120 in the ballgame.
New York Mets -120 Pittsburgh Pirates