New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 4/8/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia Phillies (0-3) at New York Mets (1-1)
MLB Baseball: Friday, April 8, 2016 at 1:10 pm (Citi Field)
Jerad Eickhoff (0-0) (0.00) vs. J deGrom (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: New York Mets -215 / Philadelphia Phillies +199 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MLBN, SNY, CSN
Coming up in the MLB on Friday, we’ve got an early-afternoon series opener between the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets at Citi Field.
The Mets are coming off a two-game swing against the Royals, during which they split the results 1-1. New York got the win in Tuesday’s game, scoring both runs in the top of the fourth and putting together six hits overall. Noah Syndergaard was the Mets’ winning pitcher in that one, going six innings and allowing just three hits with nine strikeouts.
As for the Phillies, they lost a tough one to Cincinnati Thursday, allowing eight runs in the fourth inning on the way to a 10-6 defeat. That completed an 0-3 sweep of the Phillies, despite getting a nice effort on Carlos Ruiz’s two hits and two RBI with a homer.
For Friday’s series opener, the Mets will be starting Jacob deGrom--as long as the birth of his child goes according to plan. Assuming there’s no snag with that, deGrom will take the hill following a 2015 during which he logged a 14-8 record with a 2.54 ERA and 205 strikeouts. Needless to say, New York has high hopes for him this year.
The Mets lineup returns a host of notable stars from last season, and should once again contend for a championship. Both Yoenis Cespedes and Curtis Granderson have the talent to score 90 runs and hit 25 homers apiece this season, while Lucas Duda and Michael Conforto shouldn’t have much trouble topping 20 homers each themselves. New York has quite the potent batting order to supplement a great pitching staff.
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As for the Phillies, they’ll be using right-hander Jerad Eickhoff for Friday’s game. Eickhoff has a healthy buzz surrounding him following a nice second half in 2015, and boasts a pretty strong curveball in his arsenal of pitches.
Backing up Eickhoff against the Mets in the series opener is a Phillies lineup that will be reliant on a couple of notable players for run production. Maikel Franco is Philadelphia’s power hitter, and should finish in the neighborhood of 25 homers this season with 85-90 RBI. Ryan Howard will also be a key contributor for the Phillies, and if he can stay healthy it wouldn’t be surprising to see him hit 25 homers with 70 RBI himself.
Taking a look at the trends, things don’t look so great for Philadelphia. The Phillies are just 1-4 in their last five Friday games, and 1-5 in their last six overall.
Meanwhile, the Mets are 5-0 in their last five Friday games, and 4-1 in their last five games against a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15. The fact that New York is 1-7 in their last eight against the National League East hardly seems to matter when you look at their lineup.
All things considered, it’s going to be tough to pick against the Mets in their home opener this season--or any other time. I’m going with New York in an easy victory.