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Cincinnati Reds vs. New York Mets Free Pick 9/23/13

New York Mets (71-84) at Cincinnati Reds (89-67)

MLB Baseball: Monday, September 23, 2013 at 7:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)

Aaron Harang (R) (5-12) (5.688) vs. Johnny Cueto (R) (5-2) (3.019)

The Line: Cincinnati Reds -240 / New York Mets +220 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: SNY, FS-Ohio

The Cincinnati Reds and the New York Mets face off on Monday in a MLB game that has some meaning.

The Cincinnati Reds are looking to stay in the hunt for the National League Central title and while they look to be a lock to make the postseason as a Wildcard but they are going to give it their all to win the division. The Reds are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 48-26 at home this season, and they are 2.5 games behind the Cardinals in the N.L. Central standings. As a team the Reds are hitting .250 with Joey Votto hitting .308, Shin-Soo Choo hitting .283, and Jay Bruce hitting .267. For game one against the Mets the Reds start Johnny Cueto who is their number one pitcher and who is making his second start since returning from the DL but he is 5-2 with a 3.02 ERA for the season.

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Cincinnati Reds vs. New York Mets Free Pick 9/23/13

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets didn’t have the season they had hoped for and it this point they have a chance to pay spoiler and have nothing really to play for but pride. The Mets have won their last three games, they are 7-3 in their last 10 games, and they are 13 games under .500. As a team the Mets are hitting .238 with David Wright hitting .313, Daniel Murphy hitting .284, and Josh Satin hitting .277. For game one in Cincinnati the Mets start Aaron Harang who makes his third start for the Mets where he is 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA.

Cincinnati is 5-1 in their last six games, 5-2 in their last seven home games, and 19-7 in Cueto’s last 26 home starts. New York is 6-2 in their last eight games, 2-5 in their last seven road games against a team with a winning record, and -17 in their last 24 games as an underdog. New york has won five of their last seven games in Cincinnati.

The Reds are big favorites here and rightfully so and really for Cueto he can only hope he is in full form in case he is needed for a one game playoff as a Wildcard team.

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