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New York Mets vs. Texas Rangers MLB Pick, Odds, Predictions 7/4/14

Texas Rangers (37-48) at New York Mets (37-48)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 4, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Citi Field)

Nick Tepesech (R) (3-3) (3.655) vs. Jonathon Niese (L) (5-4) (2.883)

The Line: New York Mets / Texas Rangers --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: SNY

The New York Mets and the Texas Rangers face off on Friday at Citi Field for game one of their interleague series.

The New York Mets are going through the motions that appear to be leading them to another losing season. The Mets are 17-21 at home this season, 3-7 in their last 10 games, and they have lost four games in a row. As a team the Mets are hitting .239 with Daniel Murphy hitting .300, David Wright hitting .277, and Lucas Duda hitting .248. The Mets pitching staff has an ERA of 3.59 with the starters at 3.82 and the bullpen at 3.16. For game one against the Rangers the Mets start Jon Niese who has won his last two starts. For the season Niese has allowed 95 hits and 33 earned runs while striking out 74 over 103 innings for a 5-4 record and a 2.88 ERA.

New York Mets vs. Texas Rangers MLB Pick, Odds, Predictions 7/4/14

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The Texas Rangers are a shell of the team we have seen compete and in some years dominate the AL West as departing Free Agents combined with a wave of injuries has been more than they can overcome this season. The Rangers are 19-24 on the road this season, 2-8 in their last 10 games, and they have lost four games in a row. As a team the Rangers are hitting .260 with Adrian Beltre hitting .335, Alex Rios hitting .305, and Leonys Martin hitting .275. As a team the Rangers pitching staff has an ERA of 4.62 with the starters at 4.72 and the bullpen at 4.44. For game one against the Mets the Rangers start Yu Darvish who was moved back from Thursdays expected start. For the season Darvish has allowed 86 hits and 28 earned runs while striking out 128 over 104.1 innings for an 8-4 record and a 2.42 ERA.

New York is 7-21 following an of day, 1-8 in their last nine interleague home games, and 1-4 in Niese’s last five starts in game one of a series. Texas is 1-4 against a left-handed starter, 2-6 in their last eight interleague games against a team with a losing record, and 6-2 in Darvish’s last eight road starts. Texas is 2-6 in the last eight meetings of these two.

When Tepesch was listed as the starter for Texas I liked the Mets chances, not so much with Darvish though I expect a competitive game. 

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