Minnesota Twins vs. New York Mets Free Pick- 8/19/13
New York Mets (56-65) at Minnesota Twins (54-67)
MLB Baseball: Monday, August 19, 2013 at 2:10 pm (Target Field)
Dillon Gee (R) (8-8) (3.786) vs. Kyle Gibson (R) (2-3) (6.275)
The Line: Minnesota Twins -110 / New York Mets --110 -- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Twins and the New York Mets face off for an afternoon interleague matchup on Monday at Target Field.
The Minnesota Twins have had a tough year and having lost three in a row they are looking at a rough finish as well. The Tines are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 28-32 at home this season, and hey are 18 games back in the AL Central. As a team the Twins are hitting .242 with Joe Mauer hitting .322, Justin Morneau hitting .261, and Ryan Doumit hitting .247. The Twins pitching staf has an ERA of 4.30 with the starters at 5.09 and the bullpen at 3.04. For game one against the Mets the Twins start Kyle Gibson who has four no decisions in his last five starts. For the season Gibson has allowed 59 hits and 33 earned runs while striking out 27 over 47.1 innings for a 2-3 record and a 6.27 ERA.
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The New York Mets have had an up and down year but the down has outweighed the up overall. The Mets are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 31-34 on the road, and 19 games back in the NL East. As a team the Mets are hiting.239 with Marlon Byrd hitting .286, Daniel Murphy hitting .273, and John Buck hitting .219. The Mets pitching staff has an ERA of 3.75 with the starters at 3.75 and the bullpen at 3.74. For game one against the Twins the Mets start Dillon Gee who has allowed just four runs in his last three starts but has just one decision over that span. For the season Gee has allowed 153 hits and 61 earned runs while striking out 105 over 145 innings for an 8-8 record and a 3.79 ERA.
Minnesota is 47-22 in their last 69 games as an interleague favorite, 1-6 in their last seven games overall, and 4-1 in Gibson’s last five starts against a team with a losing record. New York is 8-1 in their last nine interleague road games, 9-2 in their last 11 games against a team with a losing record, and 2-6 in Gee’s last eight starts in game one of a series. New York has won four of the last five meetings of these two.
We can expect some runs in this one and my free pick for this one is going to be on the over. My stronger play is on the winning side and I will post the winner in the Premium Area.