St. Louis Cardinals vs. New York Mets MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/18/14
New York Mets (31-39) at St. Louis Cardinals (38-32)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 1:45 pm (Busch Stadium)
Bartolo Colon (R) (6-5) (4.146) vs. Lance Lynn (R) (7-4) (3.164)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -143 / New York Mets +133 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: SNY, FSN-MW
The St. Louis Cardinals look to sweep the New York Mets with a win Wednesday afternoon.
The Mets have pretty much thrown in the white flag on the season, as they’re a horrible 5-11 in the month of June. The Mets pitching staff has allowed five or more runs in six of their last 10 games and has an ERA of 3.66 on the season. The Mets have lost nine straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, David Wright has three hits in this series and Curtis Granderson has gotten on base at least once in 10 straight games. Bartolo Colon takes the hill, and he’s 6-5 with a 4.15 ERA and has 68 strikeouts in 84.2 innings. Colon is 3-0 with a 3.19 ERA in five career starts against the Cardinals.
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The Cardinals have won five straight and eight of their last nine games, as they’re now a healthy seven games above .500. Of course, the Cardinals pitching has played a big part of this stretch, as they’ve allowed three or less runs in 11 of their last 12 games. The Cardinals ERA is the third best in baseball at 3.19. Offensively, Matt Holliday has four hits in this series and Matt Adams has eight RBI in his last 10 games. Lance Lynn gets the start, and he’s 7-4 with a 3.16 ERA and has 77 strikeouts in 85.1 innings. Lynn is 1-2 with a 3.54 ERA in five career games against the Mets.
The Mets are 5-1 in Colon's last 6 starts and 4-1 in Colon's last 5 starts as an underdog. The Cardinals are 4-1 in Lynn's last 5 home starts and 20-8 in Lynn's last 28 starts as a home favorite. The Mets are 16-35 in the last 51 meetings in St. Louis.
Colon hasn't allowed more than three runs in five straight starts and has has been very reliable lately. There's value with the Mets here to avoid the sweep.