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Cincinnati Reds vs. New York Mets - 8/29/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Mets (57-73) at Cincinnati Reds (55-76)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)

Chris Flexen (3-2) (5.79) vs. Sal Romano (3-5) (4.96)

The Line: Cincinnati Reds -164 / New York Mets +145 --- Over/Under: 10 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Ohio, SNY

The New York Mets and the Cincinnati Reds face off in the opener of a three game set on Tuesday.

The New York Mets will look to rebound in the opener against Cincinnati after earning a series split with the Nationals after falling 5-4 in the series finale on Sunday Night Baseball. Brandon Nimmo went 2 for 4 with his first home run of the season along with two RBIs. Jose Reyes went 3 for 5 with an RBI while Juan Lagares went 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI of his own to round out the scoring for the Mets in the loss. Travis D’Arnaud, Kevin Plawecki, Gavin Cecchini and Matt Reynolds all added base hits in the loss for the Mets. Seth Lugo gave up a pair of runs on four hits while striking out five over just 3.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Hansel Robles notched his 2nd blown save of the year, also taking the loss to fall to 7-5 this season. Chris Flexen will start game one and is 3-2 with a 5.79 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. This will be Flexen’s first career start against Cincinnati

Cincinnati Reds vs. New York Mets - 8/29/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cincinnati Reds will try to bounce back after dropping back-to-back games to finish off their series with the Pirates, including a 5-2 loss to Pittsburgh in the series finale on Sunday. Scooter Gennett went 1 for 4 with a double and an RBI while Scott Schebler put the other run on the board for Cincy in the loss, despite going 0 for 2. Zack Cozart went 2 for 5 while Billy Hamilton, Patrick Kivlehan and starting pitcher Tyler Mahle added base hits of their own in the losing effort. Speaking of Mahle, he took the loss to fall to 0-1 this season, giving up three runs on four hits while walking four and striking out five over five innings of work. Sal Romano gets the nod in game one and is 3-5 with a 4.96 ERA and 44 strikeouts this season. In his career, Romano is 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA and 5 strikeouts against the Mets.

New York is 4-11 in their last 15 games overall and 9-2 in their last 11 road games against a team with a losing home record while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. Cincinnati is 2-5 in their last 7 games overall and 5-14 in their last 19 games against the NL East while the over is 8-3 in their last 11 home games. New York is 20-7 in the last 27 meetings between these two teams in Cincinnati.  

Both of these teams are pretty much out of the playoff picture, so with that said, even though Romano has turned the corner a bit, giving up three runs over 14 innings in his last two starts, I can’t see why Cincinnati is this must of a favorite. The Mets haven’t had much luck lately, but they did just earn a split with the Nationals and have won four of Flexen’s six starts this season. I’ll take a stab at the Mets with the plus money here.

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