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San Diego Padres vs. New York Mets MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/18/14

New York Mets (45-50) at San Diego Padres (41-54)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 18, 2014 at 10:10 pm (PETCO Park)

Bartolo Colon (R) (8-8) (3.994) vs. Ian Kennedy (R) (7-9) (3.475)

The Line: San Diego Padres -125 / New York Mets +115 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds

TV: SNY, FSN-SD

The New York Mets and San Diego Padres begin a three-game series on Friday at Petco Park.

The Mets have been on fire lately, winning eight of their last 10 games and moving within five games of a .500 record. The difference has been a Mets pitching staff that has allowed three or less runs in six of their last seven games. Overall, the Mets have the 10th best ERA in baseball at 3.50. Offensively, Lucas Dada has eight RBI in his last 10 games and David Wright has 13 hits in his last 10 games. Taking the hill is Bartolo Colon, who is 8-8 with a 3.99 ERA and has 89 strikeouts in 121.2 innings. Colon is 2-2 with a 1.78 ERA in four career starts against the Padres.

San Diego Padres vs. New York Mets MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/18/14

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The Padres have lost seven of their last nine games and are 13 games below a .500 record. It’s all about a Padres offense that has been held to three or less runs in 14 of their last 17 games. The Padres have just two players who have 25 RBI or more and Chase Headley has 15 hits in his last 10 games. Pitching wise, the Padres have the fourth best ERA at 3.18. Starting is Ian Kennedy, who is 7-9 with a 3.47 ERA and has 133 strikeouts in 124.1 innings. Kennedy is 4-2 with a 4.35 ERA in seven career starts against the Mets.

The Mets are 4-1 in Colons last 5 starts during game 1 of a series and 4-0 in their last 4 vs. a team with a losing record. The Padres are 4-0 in Kennedys last 4 home starts and 5-2 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series. The Mets are 7-15 in the last 22 meetings in San Diego.

I have to ride the hot hand of the Mets. Neither pitcher has been great this season, but the Mets are hot and the Padres are lucky to score two runs nowadays. Give me the Mets and the added value. 

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New York Mets +115

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