New York Mets vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 6/15/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (33-31) at New York Mets (34-29)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Citi Field)
J Locke (5-4) (5.38) vs. N Syndergaard (6-2) (2.00)
The Line: New York Mets TBA / Pittsburgh Pirates TBA --- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds
TV: SNY, RTPT
Over at Citi Field on Wednesday, we’ve got MLB action coming between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Mets.
This will be the second game of the mid-week series. In Tuesday’s opener, the Pirates took a 4-0 victory, out-hitting the Mets 7-3 on the evening.
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For Wednesday’s game, the Pirates will be going with lefty Jeff Locke. Over 12 starts and a 5-4 record this season, Locke has a 5.38 ERA with a 1.43 WHIP in 72 innings of work. Back on Thursday, Locke got beat up by the Rockies, allowing a whopping 11 runs on 11 hits over 4.2 innings.
At the plate, the Pirates lineup is more than efficient. Starling Marte heads the way with 80 hits, 35 runs and 25 RBI. Marte slapped a two-run blast in Tuesday’s game. Josh Harrison has put up 68 hits with 27 runs and 30 RBI. Gregory Polanco is sitting on 68 hits with 44 runs and 39 RBI.
The Mets will be bringing out right-hander Noah Syndergaard in Wednesday’s game. In his 13 games (12 starts) and 6-2 record, Syndergaard has produced a 2.00 ERA with a 1.00 WHIP in 76.2 innings. Last Wednesday, Syndergaard gave up three runs (two earned) in a six-inning no-decision against the Pirates.
New York’s batting order this year is pretty powerful at the plate. Asdrubal Cabrera has 60 hits with 22 runs and 21 RBI. Yoenis Cespedes sits on 58 hits with 34 runs, 16 homers and 40 RBI. Neil Walker is doing well also with 56 hits, 25 runs, 13 homers and 25 RBI. Cabrera and Cespedes combined to go 0-for-7 on Tuesday; Walker is out with a back issue.
The Pirates are 38-16 in their last 54 against the National League East and 1-4 in their last five road games. Pittsburgh is also 0-4 in their last four road games and 0-5 in their last five road games against a right-handed starter.
As for the Mets, they’re 5-2 in their last seven Wednesday games, and 3-9 in their last 12 game twos of a series. New York is also 5-0 in Syndergaard’s last five starts against the National League Central and 5-1 in Syndergaard’s last six starts.
Looking at Syndergaard’s body of work this year, I’ve got to go with the Mets in this one. It will likely be a close game, however, as Locke won't get blown out again.