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New York Mets vs. San Francisco Giants MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/1/14

San Francisco Giants (57-50) at New York Mets (51-56)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 1, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Citi Field)

Ryan Vogelsong (R) (5-8) (3.944) vs. Jonathon Niese (L) (5-6) (3.227)

The Line: New York Mets / San Francisco Giants --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-BA, SNY

The San Francisco Giants and New York Mets play a four-game series at Citi Field that begins on Friday.

The Giants have lost six of their last seven games but remain eight games above a .500 record. The concern during this stretch remains the Giants lack of offense, as they’ve produced three or fewer runs in seven of their last eight games. The Giants are an insane 1-25 in their last 26 games when scoring three or less runs. Buster Posey has 11 hits in his last 10 games and Pablo Sandoval has five multi-hit games in his last 10 games. Pitching wise, the Giants have an ERA of 3.37, which is seventh in the majors. Getting the nod is Ryan Vogelsong, who is 5-8 with a 3.94 ERA and has 101 strikeouts in 118.2 innings. Vogelsong is 1-0 with a 3.67 ERA in six career games against the Mets.

New York Mets vs. San Francisco Giants MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/1/14

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The Mets have won six of their last nine games and have pulled within four games of a .500 record. The Mets pitching is doing what it can during this stretch, allowing two or less runs in six of their last nine games. Overall, the Mets have an ERA of 3.51 and have won 11 of their last 13 when holding their opponent under four runs. Offensively, Lucas Duda has five homers in his last eight games and Daniel Murphy has 15 hits in his last 10 games. Starting is Jonathon Niese, who is 5-6 with a 3.23 ERA and has 84 strikeouts in 114.1 innings. Niese is 1-2 with a 2.88 ERA in six career games against the Giants. 

The Giants are 6-1 in Vogelsong's last 7 road starts and 1-5 in Vogelsong's last 6 starts overall. The Mets are 5-1 in Niese's last 6 home starts and 1-5 in Niese's last 6 starts vs. a team with a winning record. The Giants are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in New York.

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