Friday major league baseball and we will see the New York Mets travel to Busch Stadium to take on the St Louis Cardinals in game 1 of their 3 game series. Free Pick to follow. First pitch is scheduled for a 8:15 PM (Eastern) start time and the game will be televised locally.
New York +135
St Louis -145
Over/ Under: 7 -110
Te Mets went into the break hot as they won 6 of their last 7 games. The Mets are now 5 games over .500 and just 2 games behind the Nats for first place in the NL East. The Cards went into the break with the best record in baseball, but the have not been playing well of late as they have won just 2 of their last 7 games and their lead in the NL Central has been trimmed to just 2.5 games over the Pittsburgh Pirates. the Mets are just 15-28 on the road, while the Cards are 31-11 at home.
The Mets rank 28th in scoring (3.48 rpg), 30th in hitting (.233) and 19th in homers (75), while on the mound they are 3rd in ERA (3.23) and 2nd in WHIP (1.27). St Louis ranks 19th in scoring (3.99 rpg), 7th in hitting (.257) and 25th in homers (69), while on the mound they are 1st in ERA (2.71) and 7th in WHIP (1.21).
Getting the ball for the Mets tonight will be Noah Syndergaard, who is 4-4 with a 3.11 ERA in 11 starts this year, while on the road he has gone 0-3 with a 5.33 ERA in 5 starts. He has yet to faced the Cards in his brief career.
Taking the hill for the Cardinals tonight will be Lance Lynn, who is 6-5 with a 2.90 ERA in 16 starts this year, while at home he has gone 4-1 with a 1.90 ERA. Lance is 1-3 with a 3.42 ERA in 6 games (4 starts) vs the Mets in his career.
Pick: I wil go with the Cards in this game. They have had a few days off to recoup from losing 3 straight at Pittsburgh and now they are back gome where they have been excellent this year. The Mets are hot, but still have gone just 15-28 on the road this year and even when they were beating team at home, most of those wins were vs losing teams. Noah Syndergaard has been awesome at home this year, but on the road he is 0-3 with a 5.33 ERA. For Lance Lynn, he has always pitched well in this park, going 31-13 with a 2.67 ERA in 65 games (55 starts) at Busch Stadium, which includes a 4-1 mark and a 1.90 ERA at home this season. We also note that the Cards are 28-11 when lynn starts if the team is off a loss. Just too much for the Mets to overcome here.
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