New York Mets vs. Texas Rangers - 8/9/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (53-59) at New York Mets (50-60)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 12:10 pm (Citi Field)
M Perez (5-10) (5.46) vs. R Montero (1-7) (5.63)
The Line: New York Mets -116 / Texas Rangers +106 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Southwest, SNY
The Texas Rangers and the New York Mets meet in the finale of their mini two game interleague set from Citi Field on Wednesday.
The Texas Rangers will look for a win to turn things around after dropping seven of their last ten games, including a 5-4 loss to the Mets in the opener on Tuesday. The majority of the Rangers’ damage on the board came by way of the long ball, with Adrian Beltre, Robinson Chirinos and Joey Gallo each banging out a solo shot while it was Gallo that added a 2nd RBI with an RBI double in the top of the 6th inning. Chirinos added a double of his own while Carlos Gomez added a base knock as well as the Rangers put up just six hits as a team in the loss. A.J. Griffin took the loss, giving up four runs on four hits while walking and striking out three apiece over five innings of work to fall to 5-3 this season. Martin Perez will start game two and is 5-10 with a 5.46 ERA and 76 strikeouts this season. This will be Perez’s first career start against the Mets, however in his career, Perez owns a 5-6 interleague record with a 4.25 ERA and 59 strikeouts over 17 starts.
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The New York Mets will look to complete the sweep after Tuesday’s victory gave the Mets just their third win in their last 13 games. A lot of New York’s damage was also done with home runs, with Travis D’Arnaud belting out a two-run shot while Michael Conforto and Yoenis Cespedes hit solo homers in the win. Asdrubal Cabrera hit the eventual game-winning RBI double to round out the scoring for New York. Neil Walker added a base hit while starting pitcher Chris Flexen notched his 1st double of the year. Speaking of Flexen, he got the win to improve to 1-1 this season after giving up three runs on four hits while walking three and striking out four over 5.2 innings of work. A.J. Ramos closed the door in the 9th, putting up his 21st save of the year. Rafael Montero will start game two and is 1-7 with a 5.63 ERA and 63 strikeouts this season. This will be Montero’s first career start against Texas, however in his career, Montero has a 0-2 interleague record with a 4.82 ERA and 22 strikeouts over four starts.
Texas is 12-3 in their last 15 games against the NL East and 1-5 in their last 6 games against a right-handed starter while the under is 11-2-2 in their last 15 interleague road games. New York is 0-4 in Montero’s last 5 home starts and 8-2 in their last 10 interleague home games while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record. The over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
Even with Montero pitching better as of late, he has still given up nine earned in his last 10.1 innings of work. The alternative is worse though, with Perez allowing 15 earned over his last nine innings. Neither one of these pitcher instills a whole lot of confidence, so I’ll side with the over as I see these two getting touched up early and often.