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Phillies vs. Mets - 4/18/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Mets (5-6) at Philadelphia Phillies (6-7)

MLB Baseball: Monday, April 18, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

N Syndergaard (1-0) (0.69) vs. Jerad Eickhoff (1-1) (1.50)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +163 / New York Mets -173 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: SNY, CSPh

The New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies begin a three-game series Monday at Citizens Bank Park.

The New York Mets look for a nice road win in order to get back to a .500 record. The Mets offense has produced five or more runs in three straight games, a nice change of pace for an offense that’s struggled out of the gate. The New York Mets are tough to beat when their bats wake up, as they’re 18-2 in their last 20 regular season games when scoring more than three runs. Yoenis Cespedes leads New York with 12 hits, Neil Walker has eight RBI and Michael Conforto has one home run. Noah Syndergaard gets the nod, and he’s 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA and 21 strikeouts this season. Syndergaard is 2-0 with a 1.46 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his career against the Phillies.

Phillies vs. Mets - 4/18/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Philadelphia Phillies look for another win that would get them back to a .500 record. The Phillies pitching staff has led the way lately, allowing three or less runs in six of their last nine games. The Philadelphia Phillies have found their formula to success early, as they’re 6-1 this season when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Maikel Franco leads Philadelphia with 12 hits, Ryan Howard has seven RBI and Freddy Galvis has one home run. Jerad Eickhoff takes the hill, and he’s 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA and 12 strikeouts this season. Eickhoff is 1-3 with a 2.88 ERA and 23 strikeouts in his career against the Mets.

The Mets are 19-7 in their last 26 Monday games and 4-1 in Syndergaards last 5 road starts. The Phillies are 8-20 in their last 28 Monday games and 5-16 in their last 21 during game 1 of a series. The Mets are 19-7 in the last 26 meetings in Philadelphia and 36-16 in the last 52 meetings overall.

Even with the Phillies playing well lately, it's damn near impossible to bet against Syndergaard. The Phillies struggle to score runs as it is, it's going to be even tougher with an elite pitcher on the hill. Give me the Mets.

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New York Mets -173

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