Pittsburgh Pirates vs. New York Mets Pick-Odds-Prediction - 6/29/14
New York Mets (36-44) at Pittsburgh Pirates (41-39)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 1:35 pm (PNC Park)
Bartolo Colon (R) (8-5) (3.665) vs. Edinson Volquez (R) (5-6) (4.448)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -109 / New York Mets -101 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SNY, ROOT-Pittsburgh
The New York Mets and the Pittsburgh Pirates take the field in the rubber match of their weekend set on Sunday.
Despite their losing record the Mets are not buried in the National League East but they have not been doing themselves any favors with three consecutive defeats heading in to Sunday's bout at Pittsburgh. The New Yorkers scored early and held off the Pirates 5-3 on Saturday to end the skid and need to keep it going. Jonathan Niese benefited from some rare support in improving to 5-4 with all three runs scores over six innings pitched. Daniel Murphy paced a nine hit attack with a two run single. A surging Bartolo Colon takes the mound in the series finale versus Pittsburgh. Colon has not allowed more then two runs in six consecutive starts and has won his last three while logging a 1.54 ERA.
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The Pirates have overcome a slow start and now need to take the next step which is to separate themselves from the .500 mark and make a run at the National League Central leading Brewers. The red hot Buccos had won seven of ten befor Saturday's defeat as starter Gerrit Cole struggled early with all five runs plated on seven hits and a trio of bases on balls through just four innings of work. The Buccos had some chances but didn't capitalize on all with Neil Walker, Pedro Alvarez and Chris Stewart recording RBI's. Pittsburgh sends Edinson Volquez to the bump in the series rubber match against the visiting Mets. Volquez is 5-6 with a 4.35 ERA over 15 outings.
I favor Colon on the mound but I like the Pittsburgh offense better. I can't have both so I'll go with pitching although asking the Mets to put up runs in back to back contests is asking for a lot...