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New York Mets vs. Cincinnati Reds - 6/28/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Reds (34-38) at New York Mets (38-37)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 1:10 pm (Citi Field)

Josh Smith (0-0) (12.00) vs. s Matz (0-0) (0.00)

The Line: New York Mets -140 / Cincinnati Reds +130 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Ohio, SNY

The New York Mets and the Cincinnati Reds face off on Sunday after Saturday’s game was postponed with the score 1-1 in the seventh inning.

The New York Mets are in second place in the National League East and trail the Nationals by 3.5 games in the Standings. They Mets have won their last two games, are 3-7 in their last 10 games, and they are 27-11 at home this season. Lucas Duda leads the Mets in hitting at .262, Juan Legares is hitting .258, and Curtis Granderson is hitting .255 as the Mets as a team are hitting .235. The Mets pitching staff has a team ERA of 3.50 with the starters at 3.73 and the bullpen at 2.96. For Sunday’s game the Mets call up Steven Matz for his first career start in the Majors after going 7-4 with a 2.19 ERA playing in the hitters paradise of the Pacific Coast League.

New York Mets vs. Cincinnati Reds - 6/28/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cincinnati Reds are falling further out of the race in the National League Central as they are in fourth place in the standings. The Reds are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 14-24 on the road, and they are 14.5 games back in the NL Central standings. As a team the Reds are hitting .248 with Brandon Phillips hitting .290, Todd Frazier hitting .290, and Joey Votto hitting .288. For Sunday’s game in New York the Reds start Josh Smith who allowed three hit and four runs while striking out three lasting just three innings getting a no decision in his Major League debut at Pittsburgh.

New York is 39-16 as a favorite, 35-17 in their last 52 home games, and 2-7 against a right-handed starter. Cincinnati is 4-1 as an underdog, 17-41 in their last 58 road games, and 1-6 against a left-handed starter. Cincinnati is 2-7 in their last nine games against New York.

The Mets are just strong at home and while I haven’t seen Matz, I know what the Reds have in Smith and it isn’t good enough; the Mets are the play here.

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New York Mets -139

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