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New York Mets vs. San Francisco Giants Free Pick - 9/17/13

San Francisco Giants (69-81) at New York Mets (67-82)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 7:10 pm (Citi Field)

Yusmeiro Petit (R) (3-0) (2.362) vs. Zack Wheeler (R) (7-5) (3.221)

The Line: New York Mets -104 / San Francisco Giants -106 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds


The San Francisco Giants visit Citi Field to take on the New York Mets in Tuesday night action.

San Francisco is heating up at the right time of the year but their play over the season has made their run irrelevant. Having said that it was still a satisfying last three games when the Giants saddled the National League West leading Dodgers with defeats. SF has won seven of ten overall with the work on the mound leading the way. That trend continued in a 4-3 victory over the Dodgers Sunday with a struggling Ryan Vogelsong allowing all three runs over six innings. The bats totaled six hits and walked twice with Hunter Pence cracking a pair of homers and driving in three while Brett Pill went solo. San Francisco hands the ball to Yusmeiro Petit for fifth consecutive start versus the Mets. Petit comes in off a 4-3 win over Colorado but did not get a decision with all three runs allowed in 5.2 innings.

New York Mets vs. San Francisco Giants Free Pick - 9/17/13

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

After dropping four straight the Mets have won three of four with the difference being the work on the mound has been great. In other word the bats haven't been hitting but now the arms are carrying the load. New York looked like they had a shot at finishing third in the National League East but not any longer but in the scope of things it doesn't matter. The pitching was front page news in a 1-0, 12 inning decision over the visiting Marlins Sunday. Dillon Gee tossed 7.1 scoreless innings with five relievers putting up zeros as well. The offense consisted of seven hits and a pair of bases on balls with Travis d'Arnaud winning it with an RBI single that knocked in Wilmer Flores. Zack Wheeler toes the rubber in the first game of the series with San Francisco on Tuesday. Wheeler has given up more then three runs just once the last ten times up where he has gone 4-4.

The problem with backing Petit on the road is he doesn't have a history of success and the problem in backing Wheeler is a lack of run support. This is a dangerous bet whoever you back...

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