Arizona Diamondbacks vs. New York Mets - 4/15/14
New York Mets (5-7) at Arizona Diamondbacks (4-11)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 9:40 pm (Chase Field)
Jenrry Mejia (R) (1-0) (4.091) vs. Bronson Arroyo (R) (1-0) (4.823)
The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks -131 / New York Mets +121 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SNY, FSN-AZ
The Arizona Diamondbacks look to snap a four-game losing streak when they host the New York Mets for game 2. The Mets game 1 on Monday, 7-3.
The Mets have now won three of their last five games and have a chance to reach a .500 record for the first time this season. The Mets offense has been getting it done lately with seven runs scored in two of their last three games. Now the Mets pitching hopes to get on the same page with Jenrry Mejia taking the mound. Mejia is 1-0 this season with a 4.09 ERA and has 15 strikeouts in 11 innings pitched. Tuesday will be Mejia’s first time pitching against the Diamondbacks in his career.
USA TODAY Sports
The Diamondbacks have now lost four straight games, as the pitching staff has allowed a combined 29 runs in those losses. In fact, the Diamondbacks have allowed seven or more runs in nine of their 12 losses this season. With pitching being the obvious weakness for Arizona, the Diamondbacks should be happy that Bronson Arroyo is taking the mound on Tuesday. Arroyo is 1-0 in his first two starts with an ERA of 4.82. Arroyo has been one of the more consistent pitchers for Arizona, and he’s 8-3 with an ERA of 3.63 in 14 career starts against the Mets.
The Mets are 5-2 in Mejia's last 7 starts vs. a team with a losing record and 2-6 in Mejia's last 8 road starts. The Diamondbacks are 5-15 in their last 20 overall and 2-6 in their last 8 vs. National League East. The Mets are 4-9 in the last 13 meetings in Arizona.
Is this a joke?
Arizona has been terrible over the last week, while the Mets offense has shown signs of promise lately and Mejia has been a strikeout machine. Sure, the Diamondbacks are a better team than what they've shown lately, but getting plus money against a team that's in a slump is an offer I can't turn down.
Give me the Mets.