Pittsburgh Pirates vs. New York Mets - 6/7/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Mets (31-24) at Pittsburgh Pirates (30-25)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
Steven Matz (7-1) (2.60) vs. J Niese (5-2) (4.36)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -105 / New York Mets -105 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, SNY
Coming up in MLB action from PNC Park on Tuesday evening, the New York Mets and the Pittsburgh Pirates will be kicking off their early-week series.
The Mets are coming off a weekend series with the Marlins. New York took the first two games by a combined 12-6, then in Sunday’s finale, the Mets were shut out 1-0 to prevent the sweep.
As for the Pirates, they just finished up with the Angels. Pittsburgh was blown out in game one, but eked out an 8-7 victory Saturday. In game three, the Pirates lost a heartbreaker 5-4 despite having the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth.
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For Tuesday’s game, the Mets will be trotting out left-hander Steven Matz in the starting role. Over his nine starts and 7-1 record this year, Matz has tabulated a 2.60 ERA with a 1.05 WHIP in 55.1 total innings. On Tuesday when we last saw him, Matz allowed three runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings against the White Sox for a no-decision.
It’s not hard to find the real stars in the New York lineup. Asdrubal Cabrera has 54 hits with 18 runs and 19 RBI this year. Neil Walker has bashed 13 homers with 25 RBI, 25 runs and 53 hits. Yoenis Cespedes has a team-high 15 home runs with 37 RBI and 32 runs thus far. Cabrera, Walker and Cespedes combined to go 0-for-9 on Sunday.
Lefty Jonathon Niese will be taking the mound for the Pirates on Tuesday. In 11 starts and a 5-2 record this year, Niese has logged a 4.36 ERA with a 1.45 WHIP in 64 innings of work. On Wednesday against Miami, Niese put up two runs on six hits in five innings for a no-decision.
The Pittsburgh batting order has been altogether impressive this season. Starling Marte is out front on 70 hits with 30 runs and 21 RBI. Josh Harrison has 61 hits with 24 runs and 27 RBI to his credit. Team star Andrew McCutchen has 54 hits with 34 runs, nine homers and 24 RBI in 2016. McCutchen got the day off to rest Sunday, so he’ll be fresh for this series.
The Mets are 23-4 in their last 27 Tuesday games, and 36-15 in their last 51 game ones of a series. New York is also 7-0 in Matz’s last seven road starts and 7-1 in Matz’s last eight starts overall.
Meanwhile, the Pirates are 5-1 in their last six game ones of a series, and 5-2 in their last seven Tuesday games. Pittsburgh is also 4-1 in Niese’s last five starts in game ones of a series and 1-5 in their last six home games versus a left-handed starter.
Despite the Pirates’ prowess on offense, I like the way Matz is pitching this year overall. I’ll take the Mets for the opening-game win.