New York Mets vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/23/14
St. Louis Cardinals (11-9) at New York Mets (10-9)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Citi Field)
Michael Wacha (R) (2-1) (1.731) vs. Jonathon Niese (L) (0-2) (2.842)
The Line: New York Mets +130 / St. Louis Cardinals -140 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-MW, SNY
The St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets will meet for the third time on Wednesday. The Cardinals tied the four-game series up with a 3-0 win in game two.
The Cardinals have split their last six games and are just searching for some consistency early in the season. The Cardinals lineup struggles at times, as Matt Holliday has struck out 22 times and the Cards have just 12 homeruns. One consistent for the Cardinals is their pitching and Michael Wacha hopes to keep that up. Wacha is 1-2 on the season with a 1.73 ERA and has 25 strikeouts in 26 innings. Wacha has allowed just one run in his last two starts and is 1-0 in just one career start against the Mets.
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The Mets have been somewhat of a surprise team lately, winning five of their last eight games and currently sitting with a .500 record. The lack of run support has killed the Mets, though, as they’ve scored two or less runs in three of their last five games. Curtis Granderson has struck out 24 times and hasn’t had a hit in six straight games. Jonathon Niese is still looking for his first win of the season, as he’s 0-2 with a 2.84 ERA and has 16 strikeouts in 19 innings. Niese has allowed no more than three runs in each of his three starts, and he’s 3-1 with a 2.00 ERA in five career starts against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 7-3 in Wachas last 10 starts and 35-16 in their last 51 games as a favorite. The Mets are 4-10 in Nieses last 14 home starts and 17-52 in their last 69 games as a home underdog. The Mets are 4-1 in Nieses last 5 starts vs. Cardinals.
There's value to taking the Mets as a dog here. Niese has been pretty good this season and the Mets need a home win to start feeling better about themselves. Neither team has been consistent. I'll take my chances with the Mets and the plus money.