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New York Mets vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 7/17/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Louis Cardinals (44-47) at New York Mets (41-48)

MLB Baseball: Monday, July 17, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Citi Field)

A Wainwright (10-5) (5.20) vs. Z Wheeler (3-6) (4.85)

The Line: New York Mets -121 / St. Louis Cardinals +111 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSMW, SNY

The St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets meet Monday in MLB action at Citi Field.

The St. Louis Cardinals look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Cardinals have scored nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The St. Louis Cardinals have won 10 of their last 14 games when scoring at least three runs. Jedd Gyorko leads the Cardinals with 83 hits and 48 RBI while Yadier Molina and Matt Carpenter have combined for 151 hits and 85 RBI. Adam Wainwright gets the ball, and he is 10-5 with a 5.20 ERA and 89 strikeouts this season. Wainwright is 4-5 with a 4.66 ERA and 57 strikeouts in his career against the Mets.     

New York Mets vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 7/17/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New York Mets also need a win here after splitting their last 12 games. The Mets have scored 27 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 13 games. The New York Mets have won 10 of their last 14 games when scoring more than three runs. Jay Bruce leads the Mets with 89 hits and 62 RBI while Jose Reyes and Michael Conforto have combined for 134 hits and 77 RBI. Zack Wheeler gets the ball, and he is 3-6 with a 4.86 ERA and 70 strikeouts this season. This will be Wheeler’s second career game against the Cardinals.

The Cardinals are 18-5 in their last 23 vs. National League East, 7-3 in Wainwrights last 10 Monday starts and 59-29 in Wainwrights last 88 starts. The Mets are 31-13 in their last 44 Monday games, 0-4 in Wheelers last 4 starts vs. National League Central and 2-5 in Wheelers last 7 starts. The Cardinals are 4-1 in Wainwrights last 5 starts vs. Mets and the over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

Wainwright has shown flashes of being the Wainwright of old, but he still has an ERA of 8.36 on the road this season and is allowing a batting average of .348. Not good. Wheeler has allowed two or less earned runs in seven of his last 10 starts and just held this Cardinals lineup in check on the road, getting 11 ground balls in six innings. Given the form of both pitchers and Wainwright's struggles on the road, this should be a Mets victory. 

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