New York Mets vs. Miami Marlins Free Pick 9/13/13
Miami Marlins (54-91) at New York Mets (64-81)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 13, 2013 at 7:10 pm (Citi Field)
Brian Flynn (L) (0-0) (6.750) vs. Jonathon Niese (L) (6-7) (3.857)
The Line: New York Mets -158 / Miami Marlins +148 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Florida, SNY
The New York Mets and the Miami Marlins face-off on Friday at Citi Field for game one of their series.
The New York Mets are reminding everyone why they didn’t contend this season, as they have lost their last four games in a row. The Mets are 2-8 in their last 10 games, 28-42 at home this season, and they are 23.5 games back in the NL East. As a team, the Mets are hitting .240, with Daniel Murphy hitting .281, Josh Satin hitting .275, and Justin Turner hitting .273. For game one against the Marlins, the Mets start Jon Niese, who is 6-7 on the season with a 3.86 ERA and 1-1 with a 3.05 ERA in his last three starts.
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The Miami Marlins are playing for the future and with that comes some growing moments and bad losses. The Marlins are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 23-47 on the road this season, and they are 33.5 games back in the N.L. East. As a team, the Marlins are hitting .232 with Christian Yellich hitting .290, Giancarlo Stanton hitting .253, and Placido Polanco hitting .250. For game one at New York, the Marlins start Brad Hand, who has only worked in relief this season, where he hasn’t allowed a hit and has struck out six over 5.2 innings of work.
New York is 1-5 in their last six games following a loss, 0-5 against the N.L. East, and 2-7 in Niese’s last seven home starts. Miami is 23-56 in their last 79 road games, 1-6 against the N.L. East, and 0-6 in Hand’s last six starts. Miami has won seven of the last nine meetings of these two.
The Mets are a huge favorite here, but for no good reason, as this game should be closer to a coin flip, so I am going to take the odds and the Marlins.