Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets - 4/19/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Mets (6-6) at Philadelphia Phillies (6-8)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
Logan Verrett (0-0) (1.29) vs. Vincent Velasquez (2-0) (0.00)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -105 / New York Mets -115 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSPh, SNY
On Tuesday in the MLB, we’ve got game two of an early-week series between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies headed our way from Citizens Bank Park.
In Monday’s game one of this series, the Mets jumped out in front by scoring twice in the eighth and once in the ninth on the way to a 5-2 victory.
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For Tuesday evening’s game, the Mets will be rolling out right-hander Logan Verrett. In his first two appearances this year, Verrett has accumulated a 1.29 ERA with a 1.00 WHIP across seven innings. Verrett’s most recent game came as a spot-start for Jacob DeGrom (who is away from the team due to his newborn son’s medical issues), and posted six shutout frames against the Marlins.
The Mets hitters have had mixed results so far in 2016. Asdrubal Cabrera has 15 hits thus far, but just three runs. As for Yoenis Cespedes, he’s been hitting pretty well with eight runs and nine RBI on 13 hits. Neil Walker is also contributing his share with 11 hits, four homers and nine RBI, though his BA leaves something to be desired. Walker’s average sits at .229 after he went 1-for-4 (solo homer) on Monday.
Over on the Phillies’ side, they’ll be giving the start to Vincent Velasquez on Tuesday. Velasquez is coming off an absolute gem against the Padres, striking out 16 with no walks in a three-hitter. It’s been a great start for Velasquez, who hasn’t allowed a run on six hits over 15 innings.
At the plate, the Phillies have had some peaks and valleys thus far as well. Miakel Franco has put up 13 hits with two homers and five RBI. Ryan Howard’s BA is pretty ugly (.200), but he still swings a big stick on four homers and seven RBI. Cesar Hernandez has also played fairly well overall with 12 hits and three runs.
So far this year, the Mets are just 2-2 following a win. That said, New York is also 50-33 in division games since 2015. As for the Phillies, they’re 33-50 since 2015 in division games, and 4-3 overall this year in each game following a loss.
Heading into this series, Philly had won five of the last six meetings with New York.
I’m jumping right on the Velasquez bandwagon here, as he’s been magnificent thus far. Philly should be able to conquer Verrett well enough to carve out a win over the Mets in this one, thus tying up the series.