Cincinnati Reds vs. New York Mets - 9/24/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Mets (85-65) at Cincinnati Reds (63-87)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)
Steven Matz (4-0) (1.80) vs. Josh Smith (0-2) (7.72)
The Line: Cincinnati Reds +144 / New York Mets -154 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Ohio, SNY
The New York Mets look to string a few wins together when they visit the Cincinnati Reds.
The New York Mets have been stumbling a bit the past week or so and that’s leaving the door open in the National League East. The Mets continued to stumble in a 6-3 loss to visiting Atlanta for their 6th loss in eight contests. Bartolo Colon was charged with three runs on five hits over 6.1 frames for a no decision with Jeurys Familia serving up a three run bomb to absorb the loss. The bats logged ten hits and walked twice with Daniel Murphy going solo while David Wright and Ruben Tejada singled in runs. The New York Mets send rookie Steven Matz out to face Cincinnati for the second time. Matz has been very strong in his five starts where he has gone 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA.
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The Cincinnati Reds have been heading in the wrong direction over the past few weeks with their arms and bats failing to get on the same page. That trend continued Wednesday in a 10-2 loss at Busch Stadium. Starter Brandon Finnegan was charged with six runs on seven hits including three homers through five innings with Collin Balester giving up three runs without recording an out. A six hit attack wasn’t enough to be competitive with Joey Votto connecting on a solo jack while Ivan De Jesus driving in Skip Schumaker. Cincinnati hands the ball to rookie Joshua Smith in the series opener versus New York on Thursday. Smith has just four starts under his belt and has gone 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA in 18.2 frames.
The over is 22-5-1 in New York’s last 28 road games while the Mets are 21-6 in their last 27 road games and are 35-16 in their last 51 games on grass. Cincinnati are 6-16 in their last 22 home games while the over is 8-3-1 in their last 12 Thursday games and is 7-3 in their last 10 home games. Neither team is winning but if I had to take a side it would be small on the Mets…