New York Mets vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 7/18/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Cardinals (44-47) at New York Mets (41-48)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Citi Field)
M Wacha (6-3) (4.10) vs. R Montero (1-5) (5.77)
The Line: New York Mets +103 / St. Louis Cardinals -113 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SNY, FSMW
Over at Citi Field on Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Mets will be picking up their MLB series once again.
In Monday’s opener, the Cardinals took a 6-3 win, scoring all of their runs in the sixth inning.
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For Tuesday’s game, the Cards will be bringing out RHP Michael Wacha in the start. Over his 85.2 innings and 6-3 record this year, Wacha has a 4.10 ERA with 86 Ks and 31 BBs.
St. Louis has a few notable players on their roster. Jed Gyorko came into this set with 83 hits, 36 runs, 14 homers and 48 RBI, while Yadier Molina had 78 hits, 31 runs, 10 homers and 41 RBI. On Monday, Gyroko and Molina combined for three hits and a run.
Over on the Mets’ side, they’re going with RHP Rafael Montero on Tuesday. In his 39.0 innings and 1-5 record this year, Montero has a 5.77 ERA with 43 Ks and 24 BBs.
New York has a few key bats as well. Jay Bruce entered this set with 89 hits, 52 runs, 24 homers and 62 RBI, while Jose Reyes had 68 hits, 40 runs and 32 RBI. Bruce had two hits on Monday; Reyes managed two hits and a run.
The Cardinals are 4-1 in the last five during game two of a series, and 7-2 in their last nine games versus a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30. St. Louis is also 4-0 in Wacha’s last four starts, and 7-1 in Wacha’s last eight starts during game two of a series.
Meanwhile, the Mets are 0-5 in their last five Tuesday games, and 4-1 in Montero’s last five starts with nine or more days of rest. The over is 15-2-4 in the Mets’ last 21 Tuesday games, and the under is 6-1 in Montero’s last seven home starts.
After some stumbles in May and June, Wacha has come on as of late. In his last three starts, he’s allowed just three earned overall across 17.2 innings. As for Montero, He gave up four earned against Philly, but otherwise has done fairly well in his last handful of appearances. Still, I like Wacha a little better right now and the Cardinals are playing better than they started out so I’ll take St. Louis.