New York Mets vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 7/26/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Cardinals (52-46) at New York Mets (52-45)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Citi Field)
J Garcia (7-6) (3.98) vs. B Colon (8-5) (3.48)
The Line: New York Mets -112 / St. Louis Cardinals +102 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets play the second half of a double header on Tuesday after getting their Monday night game at Citi Field postponed.
The Cardinals will look to take the second half of the double header as they send Jaime Garcia to the mound to face off against Bartolo Colon in what is much less of an appealing pitching show down after Noah Syndergaard and Carlos Martinez matched up in the matinee. The Cards are trying to keep pace in the NL Central and are still very much a threat to claim a wild card spot and if they can earn a victory here against a Mets side that is also in the running for a playoff spot it could go a long way in getting them on the map out of the Central. The Cards are an impressive 8-1 in their last nine road games against a team with a winning record and send Garcia to the mound here who is a great option on the mound and brings a veteran presence against a Mets lineup that can hit you a number of different ways.
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The Mets meanwhile change things up in the second half of the double dip with Colon following Thor and they will hope that in the battle of veteran arms that their folk hero will be able to get them a victory. New York trails the Nationals by five games in the National League East and are tied with the Miami Marlins in the division but are currently in a playoff spot and should be in good shape even without Matt Harvey. The Mets may pull some string at the trade deadline as they have some valuable pieces that they can move with the latest surrounding Travis d’Arnaud who could be moved for Jonathan Lucroy. New York will look to trim the deficit they face in the division and create some separation from the Cards in the wild card race with a victory here.
The Cards are 5-2 in their last seven overall, 12-4 in their last 16 road games, and 5-1 in Garcia’s last six road starts while the Mets are 24-7 in their last 31 against the NL Central, 4-0 in Colon’s last four home starts, and 7-2 in his last nine overall. The Mets seem to play well with Colon on the mound and I don’t see it changing here as they get a win to close out the double header.