New York Mets vs. Arizona Diamondbacks MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/23/14
Arizona Diamondbacks (18-30) at New York Mets (20-25)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 23, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Citi Field)
Chase Anderson (R) (2-0) (5.066) vs. Bartolo Colon (R) (3-5) (5.337)
The Line: New York Mets -131 / Arizona Diamondbacks +121 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-AZ, WPIX
The Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Mets will begin a three-game series on Friday. The Mets swept the Diamondbacks when these teams played earlier in the season.
The Diamondbacks were just swept by the St. Louis Cardinals and are now 13 games below a .500 record. While the Diamondbacks 4.69 ERA is good for 29th in baseball, the batting lineup has produced just two runs in their last three games. The Diamondbacks are 3-20 this season when scoring three or less runs. Gerardo has scored three runs in his last four games and Paul Goldschmidt has 10 hits in as many games. Taking the mound Friday is Chase Anderson, who is 2-0 with a 5.06 ERA and has eight strikeouts in 10.2 innings. This will be Anderson’s first career game against the Mets.
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The Mets have lost six of their last eight games and are quickly losing ground in the NL East. Much like the Diamondbacks, the Mets struggle to put runs on the board, scoring three or less runs in five of their last eight games. David Wright, however, does have 10 hits in his last six games and Curtis Granderson has 11 hits in his last nine games. The Mets pitching could also improve, including Bartolo Colon, who is 3-5 with a 5.34 ERA and has 43 strikeouts in 57.1 innings. This is Colon’s second career start against the Diamondbacks.
The Diamondbacks are 8-20 in their last 28 vs. National League East and 16-35 in their last 51 during game 1 of a series. The Mets are 1-5 in their last 6 during game 1 of a series and 13-6 in their last 19 games as a home favorite. The Diamondbacks are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in New York.
Two teams that have been playing like hot garbage, it's best to avoid all together. However, if you insist, it's best to take the team getting the plus money. After all, this game could go either way, as it's going to come down to which team sucks the least.