New York Mets vs. Cincinnati Reds
The New York Mets and the Cincinnati Reds meet on Thursday for game two of their series at Citi Field. The Mets are -115 favorites over the Reds with an over/under run total set at 7.5.
The New York Mets have been playing scrappy baseball this season but they didn’t have enough in the tank to hold off the Reds on Wednesday. Lucas Duda had three hits and Ike Davis and Justin Turner each had a hit as they had eight hits and scored three runs in all. On the mound Johan Santana allowed six hits and two runs while striking out five over 6.2 innings of work and he left the game with the lead as it was Jon Rauch who had his third blown save of the year and who took the loss allowing three runs in just a third of an inning. For Thursday’s game New York starts R.A. Dickey who has won his last three decisions. For the season Dickey has allowed 41 hits and 18 earned runs while striking out 32 over 44.1 innings of work for a 3.65 ERA.
The Cincinnati Reds are charging up the standings in the National League Central and they continued the charge on Wednesday. Todd Frazier had two hits and both were home runs, Drew Stubbs had two hits, and Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips each had hits as the Reds banged out 10 hits and scored six runs in all. On the mound Mike Leake allowed seven hits and three runs, one of them earned, while striking out five over six innings to not factor in the decision as it was Jose Arredondo who got the win and Sean Marshall picked up his seventh save of the year. For Thursday’s game Cincinnati starts Mat Latos who like the Reds as a whole started the season slow and is coming on strong. For the year Latos has allowed 40 hits and 20 earned runs while striking out 33 over 39.2 innings of work for a 4.54 ERA.
New York is 6-3 in their last nine home games, 7-4 in their last 11 games overall, and 2-8 in Dickey’s last eight starts against the N.L. Central. Cincinnati is 5-2 in their last seven games as a road favorite, 14-6 in their last 20 games against a right handed starter, and 0-4 in their last four game two of a series. Cincinnati is 3-5 in the last eight meetings of these two.
I don’t see a lot of runs being scored in this one and it should stay well below the total.