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New York Mets vs. Detroit Tigers Free Pick - 8/25/13

Detroit Tigers (76-53) at New York Mets (58-69)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 1:10 pm (Citi Field)

Rick Porcello (R) (9-7) (4.590) vs. Dillon Gee (R) (9-8) (3.596)

The Line: New York Mets +156 / Detroit Tigers -166 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Detroit, SNY

The Detroit Tigers and New York Mets conclude their interleague series at Citi Field.

Detroit has generally been a balanced team with the ability to hit and pitch which has them on the fast track to another American League Central crown. It's not wrapped up yet but if the Tigers get pitching like we saw in Saturday's 3-0 victory over the Mets, it's just a matter of time. Max Scherzer improved to an out of this world 19-1 with a three hit shut out over six innings with eleven strike outs to give Detroit wins in seven of eleven. The Tigers did struggle to score despite 15 hits, with Scherzer and Austin Jackson rapping RBI hits. Detroit looks for a rebound from Rick Porcello when he faces the Mets in New York Sunday. Porcello had been throwing well before getting hit hard in a 6-3 loss to Minnesota in which he was charged with five runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings.

New York Mets vs. Detroit Tigers Free Pick - 8/25/13

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It seems that reaching .500 on the year might be a tough row to hoe and holding on to third in the National League East just as tough for the Mets. The New Yorkers have struggled at the plate which makes it difficult to win with the work on the mound being okay. The bats struggled Saturday and starter Matt Harvey was hit hard but wiggled his way out of several tough spots. Harvey was touched for two runs through 6.2 frames even though he gave up 13 hits which turned out to be a losing effort with the bats unable to solve Scherzer. The Mets were stiffled on three hits and four bases on balls and didn't mount a challenge. A hot Dillon Gee toes the rubber against Detroit in the series finale' on Sunday. Gee has been one of the steadiest hurlers in the rotation with eight quality starts in ten outings in which he has gone 4-1 with five no decisions.

The Tigers are motoring towards the AL Central title and the Mets are struggling right now. They will likely lose again but Gee gives them a fighting chance so I would rather go small on the home dogs or walk away...

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