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New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/9/14

Philadelphia Phillies (15-17) at New York Mets (16-17)

MLB Baseball: Friday, May 9, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Citi Field)

Fausto Carmona (R) (2-1) (4.545) vs. Jenrry Mejia (R) (3-0) (5.234)

The Line: New York Mets -124 / Philadelphia Phillies +114 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-PHI, SNY

The Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets will begin a three-game series on Friday night.  

The Phillies have lost four straight games and fall three games below .500. The Phillies pitching staff has really struggled, allowing a combined 22 runs in their last two games and having a 4.28 ERA on the season overall. Offensively, the Phillies have been inconsistent all season, but Marlon Bryd has seven multi-hit games in his last 10 games. Ryan Homered has homered twice in his last five games and Jimmy Rollins remains questionable for this series. Taking the mound Friday is Roberto Hernandez, who is 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA and has 29 strikeouts in 34 innings. This will be Hernandez’s first career start against the Mets.

New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/9/14

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The Mets have lost six of their last seven games and are one game below .500. The Mets offense has not scored a run in two straight games and has been held to three or less in four of their last seven games. David Wright leads the Mets with 17 RBI and has 10 hits in his last six games. The Mets pitching rotation hasn’t been much better but could get a boost with Jenrry Mejia on the mound. Mejia is 3-0 with a 5.23 ERA and has 34 strikeouts in 32.2 innings. This will be Mejia’s second career start against the Phillies. 

The Phillies are 17-36 in their last 53 games as a road underdog and 20-42 in their last 62 games as an underdog. The Mets are 5-1 in Mejia's last 6 home starts and 4-1 in Mejia's last 5 home starts vs. a team with a losing record. The Phillies are 9-4 in the last 13 meetings in New York.

I like the Mets to get back on track at home. The Mets had Thursday off and are due to breakout offensively after being shutout in back-to-back games against the Miami Marlins. Take the Mets and the minor juice. 

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New York Mets -124

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