New York Mets vs. St. Louis Cardinals Pick-Odds-Prediction - 4/24/14
St. Louis Cardinals (12-9) at New York Mets (10-10)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 1:10 pm (Citi Field)
Lance Lynn (R) (4-0) (3.422) vs. Bartolo Colon (R) (1-3) (5.400)
The Line: New York Mets +118 / St. Louis Cardinals -128 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Midwest, SNY
The St Louis Cardinals shoot for a split of their series at Citi Field versus the New York Mets.
St Louis always seems to be the team to beat in the National League Central and 2014 doesn't look any different. Having said that the Cardinals are the same as any team with slumps and hot streaks and right now they are in a bit of a funk after a 3-2 defeat at Citi Field Wednesday has them looking at losses in three of four. Michael Wacha took the loss with two runs scored over four innings in which he threw 93 pitches. The attack posted eleven hits and walked twice but managed just two RBI's off the bats of Yadier Molina and Daniel Descalo. The Cardinals send Lance Lynn to the mound who is looking for the series split at Citi Field in Thursday afternoon action. Lynn has won all four of his 2014 starts while accumulating a 3.42 ERA.
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The Mets are hanging tough in the National League East despite injuries to key members of their rotation which makes us wonder if this team can survive long term. This is a huge concern given the fact that runs can be difficult to come by which means the work on the mound has to shoulder much of the burden. Starter Jon Niese saved the day in Wednesday's 3-2 victory with one run allowed through six frames before Kyle Farnsworth made things uncomfortable with a 9th inning run plated. With four hits and six BB to lean on the Mets were able to squeeze out RBI's by Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Ruben Tejada and Lucas Duda who homered. The Mets turn to veteran Bartolo Colon to tame a dangerous St Louis lineup and give New York the series win. Colon has thrown the ball better then his numbers indicate but is just 1-3 despite three quality starts.
The question here in my view is whether Lynn comes back to earth and if the Mets have enough at the plate to do some damage. Of course Colon has to be at his best if the offense struggles. I'll back the Cardinals potential here but wouldn't pay a lot...