Mets at Pirates - 6/6/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Mets (31-24) at Pittsburgh Pirates (30-26)
MLB Baseball: Monday, June 6, 2016 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)
Steven Matz (7-1) (2.60) vs. J Niese (5-2) (4.36)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -105 / New York Mets -105 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates begin a three-game series early Monday night.
The New York Mets look for consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Mets have allowed seven runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 12 games. The New York Mets have an ERA of 3.17 and have lost four of their last six games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Asdrubal Cabrera leads New York with 54 hits, Neil Walker has 25 RBI and Yoenis Cespedes has 15 home runs. Steven Matz gets the ball, and he’s 7-1 with a 2.60 ERA and 53 strikeouts this season. This will be Matz’s first career game against the Pirates.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates could use a win after losing five of their last six games. The Pirates have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 14 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates offense has been consistent, and they’ve won 10 of their last 11 games when scoring more than three runs. Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 70 hits, Gregory Polanco has 38 RBI and Andrew McCutchen has nine home runs. Jonathon Niese takes the hill, and he’s 5-2 with a 4.36 ERA and 47 strikeouts this season. This will be Niese’s first career game against the Mets.
The Mets are 36-15 in their last 51 during game 1 of a series and 7-1 in Matzs last 8 starts. The Pirates are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 1 of a series and 4-1 in Nieses last 5 starts during game 1 of a series. The Mets are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Pittsburgh and 0-7 in the last 7 meetings overall.
Neither team is playing great ball right now, but the Pittsburgh Pirates have been slightly more consistent overall and should have the edge at home. Also, Niese has the advantage considering he spent years pitching for the Mets, so he does know a lot of these guys and should be able help his cause.
I like Pittsburgh here.