San Diego Padres vs. New York Mets Free Pick - 8/18/13
New York Mets (56-65) at San Diego Padres (55-68)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 4:10 pm (PETCO Park)
Matt Harvey (R) (9-4) (2.227) vs. Eric Stults (L) (8-10) (3.685)
San Diego Padres +124 / New York Mets -134 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds
The New York Mets won the first two days at Petco Park with pitching. The San Diego Padres responded in Game Three with their own gem to triumph 8-2 and pull with another victory of a four-game split on Sunday.
Edinson Volquez (9-10, 5.72 ERA) wasn't asked to overexert himself getting pulled after five frames. Considering Volquez threw 100 pitches and SD's bullpen didn't yield a hit the next four innings it was a very smart move. The Padres meanwhile got a bit lucky with NY's Jenrry Mejia (1-2, 2.30 ERA) leaving after three frames.
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Chris Denorfia and David Murphy knocked in the first two runs. San Diego though accounted for the next three runs, two by way of Nick Hundley's home run. Ian Davis drove in the last run for the Mets during the fifth. Jed Gyorko's three-run HR during the bottom of the eighth was the final blow New York could not afford.
Eric Stults (8-10, 3.68 ERA) whirls next for the Padres seeking his first win in six starts. Stults hasn't won since July 14 in SD when he defeated the San Francisco Giants 10-1. Stults gave up seven runs, three earned, during 13.2 innings since at Petco, both Padres losses, one his. Stults tossed a complete game July 9 in San Diego to claim victory 2-1.
Stults is 5-2 overall at Petco Park. Stults won five straight Petco decisions from May 7 to July 14. Prior to Colorado and SF the opposition at Petco Park in Stults' victories dialed in three runs during 23.1 frames. Stults prevailed 2-1 at Citi Field April 4 with five blank innings. The Mets are 9-of-25 with a David Wright RBI versus Stults.
NY goes with No. 1 starter Matt Harvey (9-4, 2.23 ERA) next. Harvey didn't look the best or even near it Aug. 13 at the Los Angeles Dodgers losing 4-2 courtesy of conceding four runs during six frames. The Mets are 0-3 at the Miami Marlins alone when Harvey throws, the last his defeat surrendering three runs during 5.2 innings.
The Padres conversely went down 8-4 April 3 to Harvey only recording two walks, one hit and zero runs during seven frames. Versus Harvey SD is 9-of-39 with five RBIs, a pair apiece from Yonder Alonso and Chase Headley. New York is 6-5 in Harvey's away appearances. The Mets get a strong game from Harvey which is probably enough to beat the Padres.