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Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets Free Pick - 9/21/13

New York Mets (69-84) at Philadelphia Phillies (71-82)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

Dillon Gee (R) (11-10) (3.465) vs. Tyler Cloyd (R) (2-5) (5.587)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -112 / New York Mets +102 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: SNY, CSN-Philadelphia

The New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies continue their battle for third in the NL East on Saturday.

The Mets lone goal in 2013 is to finish third in the National League East and they took a step in that direction with a 6-4 victory over Philadelphia. New York has hit the ball over the past few contests and had another big night against a red-hot Cole Hamels. The team received another stong performance from Daisuke Matsuzaka, who allowed all four runs over six innings, but just two were earned. The bats totaled ten hits, with David Wright connecting on a two run homer, while David Murphy knocked in a run and scored three times. The Mets give Saturday's starting assignment to Dillon Gee at Philadelphia. Gee has been a steady member of the Mets rotation, with quality starts in seven of ten where he has gone 4-3 with three no decisions.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets Free Pick - 9/21/13

The Phillies have not been consistent over the past week or so with back to back defeats, leaving Philadelphia with a two game lead over the Mets for third in the National League East. In the scope of things, the team hasn't been playing badly with all the young players in the lineup, but will they be good enough to make the team in 2014. That means expect the unexpected with this group and I was surprised tha a hot Cole Hamels was flat with six runs plated on ten hits through seven innings pitched. The offense came up with a four run 4th with Darin Ruf driving in a pair of runs. Philadelphia hopes Tyler Cloyd can right the ship when he toes the rubber against the visiting Mets on Saturday. Cloyd is coming in off of consecutive defeats in which he gave up 12 runs on 19 hits over eight innings.

Gee shouldhave the edge on the mound, but the reality when these teams get together is sometimes nothing makes sense. I'll back the Mets, but this was hard to type...

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