Cleveland Indians vs. New York Mets - 4/16/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Mets (4-5) at Cleveland Indians (4-4)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 4:10 pm (Progressive Field)
M Harvey (0-2) (4.63) vs. J Tomlin (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Cleveland Indians +120 / New York Mets -130 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: WPIX, STOh
In Saturday afternoon MLB action, we’ve got a matchup looming between the New York Mets and the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.
This will be the second game of the series. On Friday, we had a real nail-biter as the Mets carried a 6-2 edge into the ninth inning and looked like they’d run away with the game. Cleveland snagged three runs in the bottom of the ninth, but ultimately fell short to New York 6-5.
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Taking the mound in Saturday’s game two will be the Mets’ right-hander Matt Harvey. In his first two appearances this year, Harvey has had some up-and-down moments, collecting a 4.63 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP. In his most recent game on Sunday, Harvey gave up three runs on six hits through six innings.
The Mets batters haven’t quite lived up to expectations through the first couple weeks of the season. Asdrubal Cabrera has nine hits, but just one run and one RBI. Yoenis Cespedes has logged 10 hits with six runs. Cespedes had a great 3-for-5 outing with two RBI and a homer for the Mets in Friday’s opener. Neil Walker has nine hits with four runs and seven RBI, and will be a key piece in the New York attack this season.
Moving on to the Indians side, Cleveland will be wheeling out right-hander Josh Tomlin or Saturday’s game. We haven’t seen Tomlin yet this year; he won the No. 5 starter job in the spring, but got his first appearance washed out by rain this past Sunday. Tomlin is coming off a 7-2 record last season with a 3.02 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP, so he’ll be looking to keep that going.
The Indians hitters feature a pretty balanced attack that has provided stats across the lineup. Francisco Lindor has collected nine hits with six runs thus far. Lindor whiffed (0-for-5) in Friday’s game. Mike Napoli has seven runs with three doubles and two homers in 2016 for Cleveland, and put up a 2-for-5 line with an RBI on Friday.
Things look good for Harvey here, as he’s 6-0 in his last six starts with five days of rest. New York is also 4-1 in Harvey’s last five Saturday starts. That said, the Indians are 8-1 in Tomlin’s last nine starts overall, and 5-0 in Tomlin’s last five starts against a team with a losing record.
Harvey definitely has the goods to control a game, but I don’t trust what I’ve seen from him--or the Mets hitters--so far. I’m going with Tomlin and the Indians here.