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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. New York Mets - 5/22/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Mets (24-18) at Pittsburgh Pirates (18-22)

MLB Baseball: Friday, May 22, 2015 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

N Syndergaard (1-1) (3.18) vs. G Cole (5-2) (2.59)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -150 / New York Mets +140 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-Pittsburgh, SNY

The Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Mets face off on Friday at PNC Park for game one of their MLB series.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are off to a disappointing start to the season and they sit four games under .500. The Pirates are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 9-9 at home, and they are 8.5 games behind the Cardinals in the National League Central standings. As a team the Pirates are hitting .242 with Starling Marte hitting .297, Neil Walker hitting .267, and Josh Harrison hitting .255.  The Pirates pitching staff has an ERA of 3.26 with the starters at 3.44 and the bullpen at 2.94. For game one against the Mets the Pirates start Gerit Cole who has allowed 43 hits and 13 earned runs while striking out 53 over 48.2 innings for a 5-2 record and a 2.40 ERA.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. New York Mets - 5/22/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The New York Mets are in a battle on top of the National League East but currently they sit in second place in the standings. The Mets are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 7-12 on the road this season, and they are 0.5 games back in the standings. As a team the Mets are hitting .234 with Lucas Duda hitting .302, Juan Lagares hitting .270, and Michael Cuddyer hitting .253. The Mets pitching staff has an ERA of 3.13 with the starters at 3.41 and the bullpen at 2.46. For game one at Pittsburgh the Mets start Noah Syndergaard who has allowed 9 hits and 4 runs while striking out 11 over 11.1 innings for a 1-1 record and a 3.18 ERA.

The Pirates are 1-6 in game one of a series, 7-3 against the NL East, and 13-3 in Cole’s last 16 starts as a favorite. The Mets are 4-1 against a team with a losing record, 3-13 as an underdog, and 0-4 in their last four road games. New York is 4-9 in the last 13 meetings of these two.

I don’t love this game as inconsistency just makes it tougher to predict and while I am a big fan of Cole, I just don’t like the Pirates right now so my play is the Mets.

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