Cleveland Indians vs. New York Mets Free Pick - 9/6/13
New York Mets (63-75) at Cleveland Indians (74-65)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 6, 2013 at 7:05 pm (Progressive Field)
Zack Wheeler (R) (7-3) (3.361) vs. Scott Kazmir (L) (7-7) (4.362)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -163 / New York Mets +153 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: SNY, SportsTime Ohio
The Cleveland Indians welcome the New York Mets to Progressive Field in an interleague bout.
It seems the lone obtainable goal for the Mets is to fend off Philadelphia the next several weeks and hold on to third in the National League East. With Matt Harvey out that might be tough to accomplish, but the Phillies have to play catch up so New York is in the driver's seat. The NYM knocked off the division leading Braves 5-2 Wednesday behind strong pitching and hitting, which hasn't always been on the same page. Dillon Gee improved to 11-9 with one run allowed over seven innings, while Lucas Duda led a 12 hit attack, with three hits and a homer, while Alex Brown smacked a two-run shot. Zack Wheeler shoots for win number eight when he faces the Indians for the first time in his career. Wheeler began his season slow, but has righted the ship and stands at 7-3 with a 3.36 ERA.
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Every game from here on out is precious to Cleveland, with their postseason hopes riding on what this team does the last month of the season. The past week has given the Indians reason to believe, with wins in three of four after they downed visiting Baltimore 6-4 on Wednesday. This was almost a disaster, as Zach McAllister was handed a 4-0 lead in the first and gave it all back before leaving after only 4.2 innings pitched. The offense came through with Yan Gomes and Ryan Rayburn driving in two runs each, while four relievers shut down the Orioles over the final 4.1 innings, with Chris Perez getting his 22nd save. Cleveland hands the ball to left-hander Scott Kazmir Friday against the visiting Mets. Kazmir looks to get back to winning after going 0-2 in his last three starts with 24 hits given up in 16 frames.
The Mets aren't a real good team, but are better, which makes them hard to predict and dangerous at the same time. Cleveland is pretty good but might still be a piece or two away from being a playoff team, but that hasn't been decided. I'll take a shot with Wheeler and the Mets here, but nothing big.