New York Mets vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Pick-Odds-Prediction - 5/26/14
Pittsburgh Pirates (22-26) at New York Mets (21-26)
MLB Baseball: Monday, May 26, 2014 at 1:10 pm (Citi Field)
Brandon Cumpton (R) (0-1) (4.262) vs. Jacob deGrom (R) (0-2) (2.769)
The Line: New York Mets -105 / Pittsburgh Pirates -105 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-Pittsburgh, SNY
The New York Mets and Citi Field host the Pittsburgh Pirates in game number one of their series.
The Pirates saw their four game winning streak come to an end in a 5-2 loss to Washinton at PNC Park. The Buccos march to reaching .500 took a step back with the offense doing little and combining with another poor start from Francisco Liriano who was charged with four runs on six hits and four free passes in five innings to fall to 0-5 on the year. That was game over with the bats not doing a lot on nine hits with Jush Harrison slugging homer number three and Ike Davis rapping a runscoring single. Brandon Cumpton makes only his third start of the 2014 campaign and first ever versus the Mets. Cumpton is looking to rebound from a 6-5 loss at Baltimore where he allowed four runs on seven hits in 5.2 frames.
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The Mets are in dire need of a prolonged winning streak and the sooner he better with the Braves playing well and the Nationals just a few games behind them while the New Yorkers are fighting to reach .500. The Mets split their twin bill with Arizona with a 4-2 victory in the night cap. New York was a bit shorthanded in the pitching department so they pulled Daisuke Matsuzaka out of the pen and he delivered a strong performance with both runs plated on three hits and a base on balls through six frames. The offense missed out on several opportunities given they totaled 13 hits and walked five times with four players driving in runs and four scoring. Jacob deGrom makes his third career start and is shooting for his first win when he takes the mound against Pittsburgh. He was outstanding in dropping his first two starts with four runs scored in 13 innings.
Not much of an advantage to exploit with neither team giving gamblers much confidence. I'm going with the home team but don't have a good reason...