New York Mets vs. San Diego Padres - 8/12/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Diego Padres (49-64) at New York Mets (57-56)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 12, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Citi Field)
P Clemens (1-2) (4.61) vs. Logan Verrett (3-7) (4.66)
The Line: New York Mets -150 / San Diego Padres +140 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SNY, FSSD
Coming up on Friday in series-opening MLB action from Citi Field, we’ve got game one between the San Diego Padres and the New York Mets.
The Padres are coming off a three-game set against the Pirates. The two teams split the first two games, and on Thursday, the Padres lost the series 4-0.
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As for the Mets, they just finished tangling with the Diamondbacks. New York dropped the first pair of games, and in the finale, the Mets were blown out 9-0.
Taking the hill for the Padres on Friday will be right-hander Paul Clemens. In his nine games (five starts) and 1-2 record this year, Clemens holds a 4.61 ERA with a 1.46 WHIP in 27.1 innings overall. Clemens took a no-decision in his last start (Philly) and gave up two earned on four hits in 4.1 innings.
San Diego has a handful of nice hitters atop their order. Wil Myers leads the team with 119 hits, 22 homers, 69 RBI and 75 runs. Alexi Ramirez has hit 90 times with 32 runs and 37 RBI. Jon Jay sits on 80 hits with 35 runs and 23 RBI so far.
Over on the Mets’ side, we’ll be seeing RHP Logan Verrett take the mound on Friday. In his 29 games (11 starts) alongside a 3-7 record, Verrett holds a 4.66 ERA with a 1.46 WHIP in 83 innings. There had been some speculation that Verrett would be sent back to the bullpen after an ugly start his last time out, but he’s getting at least one more chance (and New York doesn’t have a whole lot of options otherwise).
New York needs to lean on their hitters in this one, and they’ve got a few. Neil Walker has hit 105 times with 48 runs, 20 homers and 51 RBI. Yoenis Cespedes has hit 96 times with 49 runs, 22 homers and 59 RBI. Asdrubal Cabrera has hit 95 times with 42 runs, 33 RBI and 13 homers so far.
The Padres are 11-5 in their last 16 Friday games, and 1-4 in their last five game ones of a series. San Diego is also 4-12 in their last 16 road games, and 19-40 in their last 59 games versus a right-handed starter.
As for the Mets, they’re 17-6 in their last 23 Friday games, and 1-4 in Verrett’s last five home starts. New York is also 1-8 in Verrett’s last nine starts overall, and 1-8 in Merrett’s last nine starts on grass.
This is kind of an ugly game, but I’ll toss the proverbial coin and choose the Padres. They simply look a little better as a team right now, and I’ve no faith in Verrett.