Pirates at Mets - 6/14/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (32-31) at New York Mets (34-28)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Citi Field)
J Nicasio (5-5) (4.88) vs. J deGrom (3-2) (2.80)
The Line: New York Mets / Pittsburgh Pirates --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Mets begin a three-game series Tuesday night at Citi Field.
The Pittsburgh Pirates could use a win here after losing five straight games. The Pirates have allowed 22 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in five straight games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have an ERA of 4.24 and have lost six straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 78 hits, Gregory Polanco has 39 RBI and Andrew McCutchen has nine home runs. Juan Nicasio gets the nod, and he’s 5-5 with a 5.34 ERA and 60 strikeouts this season. Nicasio is 3-1 with a 3.98 ERA and 20 strikeouts in his career against the Mets.
USA TODAY Sports
The New York Mets look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Mets have allowed 13 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in three of their last five games. The New York Mets have an ERA of 3.14 and have lost five of their last seven games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Asdrubal Cabrera leads New York with 60 hits, Yoenis Cespedes has 40 RBI and Neil Walker has 13 home runs. Jacob deGrom takes the hill, and he’s 3-2 with a 2.80 ERA and 56 strikeouts this season. deGrom is 0-1 with a 2.33 ERA and 17 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 5-1 in their last 6 games following an off day and 0-4 in their last 4 games following a loss. The Mets are 20-7 in their last 27 games following an off day and 2-5 in deGroms last 7 starts. The Pirates are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in New York and 17-5 in the last 22 meetings overall.
The Pirates are a complete mess right now as the rotation is getting rocked and the offense isn't producing. That's not going to change with the Mets throwing out their ace in deGrom. The Mets should win this game at home.