San Francisco Giants vs. New York Mets - 8/18/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Mets (60-59) at San Francisco Giants (66-54)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 10:15 pm (AT&T Park)
J deGrom (7-5) (2.29) vs. M Bumgarner (11-7) (2.16)
The Line: San Francisco Giants -145 / New York Mets +135 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
The New York Mets look to snap out of their ugly funk as they continue their road trip in San Francisco on Thursday night against the Giants.
The Mets are the reigning National League champions but have played like anything but of late and run the risk of missing out on the playoffs altogether this season as they have really stumbled down the stretch and can’t seem to find a way out of their losing ways. New York faces a tough test in this one as they have to deal with Cy Young candidate Madison Bumgarner who will be out to give the Giants a victory as they too have fallen off a bit in the NL West race and have lost six of their last 10 games. New York will counter with Jacob deGrom who hasn’t had a flashy season but continues to be a very solid option for New York and he will have to be sharp tonight if the Mets are going to get the win.
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The Giants have been one of the best teams in baseball for most of the season and still have a very good chance at winning the NL pennant as they have the goods to keep pace with the Cubs and Nationals but they to need to finish the season strong and generate some momentum. San Francisco will turn to Bumgarner here as he will look to improve to 12-7 and lower his ridiculous ERA down from 2.16 while deGrom is 7-5 with a very impressive 2.29 in what should be another spectacular pitcher’s duel.
The Mets are 0-7 in their last seven series openers, 15-7 in deGrom’s last 22 road starts, and 7-2 in his last nine starts overall while the Giants are 6-1 in their last seven Thursday games, 13-3 in their last 16 Bumgarner home starts, and 1-4 in their last five home games. This should be a nice game to watch if you’re a fan of pitching but in the end I like the home side as they have the edge everywhere else.