New York Mets vs. Cincinnati Reds Pick-Odds-Prediction - 4/5/14
Cincinnati Reds (1-2) at New York Mets (0-3)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 1:10 pm (Citi Field)
Johnny Cueto (R) (0-1) (1.286) vs. Dillon Gee (R) (0-0) (5.397)
The Line: New York Mets +120 / Cincinnati Reds -130 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Ohio, SNY
The New York Mets welcome the Cincinnati Reds to Citi Field in game two of their series Saturday.
Cincinnati just came off of a tough series with St Louis to kick off 2014 and then immediately head out to New York to face the Mets which is a tough week. The Reds fell in the series opener 4-3 with both the hitting and pitching falling just short. Mike Leake didn't have his best stuff with all four runs plated on five hits including a pair of long balls over 6.2 innings. When the offense is clicking this would be a winning effort but despite eight hits and six BB the clutch hit was missing. Jay Bruce was the attack lashing a pair of hits with a homer and three RBI's. Cincinnati turns to ace Johnny Cueto to pitch them past the Mets. Cueto was outstanding in his first outing with a three hitter in a 1-0 loss to St Louis with one of those hits being a solo homer.
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The Mets are banged up in the pitching department and are no strangers to injuries but whether healthy or not you never can overlook them. The flip side is this team can under perform at times but that wasn't the case in Friday's series opener versus visiting Cincinnati. Jerry Mejia was outstanding on the mound with only a single run scored off of him on four hits and five walks in six innings. John Lannan made things interesting as he followed with two runs plated on two hits in just 2/3 of an inning. The bats managed just six hits but two were homeruns off the bat of Lucas Duda who drove in all four runs. Dillon Gee makes his second start of 2014 hoping to control the dangerous offense of Cincinnati. Gee did not get a decision in a 9-7 loss to Washington where he gave up four runs on four hits and two BB over 6.2 innings.
Cincinnati does go through stretches where the runs aren't flowing consistently and that makes them difficult to predict at times. I'm backing them because I think Cueto is one of the best at a reasonable price. No lock here because Gee can be a tough customer as well so I'd be cautious...