New York Mets vs. Cincinnati Reds - 4/25/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cincinnati Reds (9-9) at New York Mets (10-7)
MLB Baseball: Monday, April 25, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Citi Field)
R Iglesias (1-1) (3.08) vs. N Syndergaard (2-0) (0.90)
The Line: New York Mets -206 / Cincinnati Reds +191 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSOH, SNY
On Monday evening, the MLB is bringing us Game 1 of an early-week series between the Cincinnati Reds and the New York Mets at Citi Field.
The Reds are coming off a four-game weekend matchup against the Cubs. Cincinnati got destroyed in the first two games by a combined score of 24-1, then came back to win Saturday’s matchup 13-5. On Sunday, the Reds gave up a whopping eight runs to the Cubs in the first three innings on the way to another embarrassing loss 9-0. Cincinnati got just three hits in that one.
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The Mets just finished a three-game set against the Braves in Atlanta, winning the first two games by a combined 14-5. In the finale Sunday, New York snuffed out a late Braves rally and came out on top 3-2 to take the series sweep.
The Reds will be giving Monday’s start to right-hander Raisel Iglesias. Over his four starts and 1-1 record this year, Iglesias has maintained a 3.09 ERA with a 1.33 WHIP. In his most recent appearance on Wednesday, Iglesias posted two runs in 6.2 innings against the Rockies for a no-decision.
Cincinnati has some pretty strong hitters on their roster. Zack Cozart leads the way with 20 hits and 10 runs, while Eugenio Suarez is right alongside with 14 runs, five homers and 14 RBI. Jay Bruce is having a nice campaign as well, with four homers and 15 RBI. Suarez managed to go 1-for-4 on Sunday, but Bruce came up empty on an 0-for-3 day.
The Mets are set to roll with right-hander Noah Syndergaard in Monday’s game. Syndergaard has been stellar thus far across three starts and 20 innings, logging a 0.90 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP. Syndergaard put up eight strikeouts over seven innings of one-earned work on Monday in his most recent appearance against the Phillies.
The New York lineup is pretty well rounded, and can score runs in bunches. Asdrubal Cabrera has been awesome so far, with 21 hits and six runs. Neil Walker is the big hitter so far, with seven homers and 12 RBI. Yoenis Cespedes isn’t far behind with five homers and 14 hits, but is fighting off a leg injury at the moment.
Cincinnati is just 1-5 in their last six Monday games, and only 1-4 in Iglesias’ last five starts during Game 1 of a series. As for New York, they’re 8-0 in their last eight against the National League Central, and 4-1 in Syndergaard’s last five starts.
Taking Syndergaard’s amazing start into account, it’s hard to find a reason to pick the Reds here. With that in mind, I’m sticking with the Mets in what should be a fairly close game.