New York Mets vs. Texas Rangers - 8/8/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (53-58) at New York Mets (49-60)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Citi Field)
A Cashner (7-8) (3.36) vs. Chris Flexen (0-1) (12.00)
The Line: New York Mets -107 / Texas Rangers -103 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSW, SNY
Out at Citi Field on Tuesday, the Texas Rangers and the New York Mets will be kicking off their MLB series.
The Rangers are coming off a set against the Twins. Texas won on Thursday and Saturday but fell on Friday and Sunday for a series split.
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Texas will be bringing out RHP Andrew Cashner for the start on Tuesday. In his 107.0 innings and 7-8 record this year, Cashner has a 3.36 ERA with 55 Ks and 43 BBs.
The Rangers have a few notable bats this year. Elvis Andrus leads the way, far out in front with 131 hits, 64 runs, 15 homers and 59 RBI. Shin-Soo Choo is also playing pretty well with 95 hits, 64 runs, 14 homers and 51 RBI.
As for the Mets, they just finished up against the Dodgers. New York was swept in those three games, and now has lost seven of their last eight outings.
New York will be trotting out RHP Chris Flexen for the start Tuesday. In his 6.0 innings and 0-1 record this year, Flexen has a 12.00 ERA with four Ks and five BBs.
The Mets have a few key bats as well. Jay Bruce is the team leader on 104 hits with 61 runs, 29 homers and 75 RBI. Michael Conforto is next with 93 hits, 63 runs, 22 homers and 57 RBI.
The Rangers are 6-0 in their last six games following an off day and 12-3 in their last 15 versus the NL East. Texas is also 5-2 in their last seven road games and 3-7 in Cashner’s last 10 road starts.
Meanwhile, the Mets are 1-4 in their last five versus a team with a losing record and 1-5 in their last six games following a loss. New York is also 1-7 in their last eight Tuesday games and 0-4 in their last four overall.
Cashner has been pretty solid over his last several starts. In his last five, he’s 4-0 and hasn’t allowed more than three earned in any outing. As for Flexen, he’s allowed eight earned over 6.0 innings in his two starts. I doubt Flexen will last long here, so this looks like a good spot for a Rangers win.