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Cincinnati Reds vs. New York Mets - 8/31/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Mets (57-74) at Cincinnati Reds (56-76)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 12:35 pm (Great American Ball Park)

J deGrom (14-7) (3.39) vs. Robert Stephenson (2-4) (5.81)

The Line: Cincinnati Reds +118 / New York Mets -131 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: SNY

Out at Great American Ball Park on Thursday, the New York Mets and the Cincinnati Reds will be finishing up their MLB series. 

In the Tuesday opener, the Reds bagged a dominant 14-4 win. On Wednesday, New York struck back with a 2-0 win. 

Cincinnati Reds vs. New York Mets - 8/31/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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For the Thursday game, the Mets will be bringing out RHP Jacob deGrom. In his 172.2 innings and 14-7 record this year, deGrom has a 3.39 ERA with 201 Ks and 49 BBs. 

New York has some interesting hitters this year. Asdrubal Cabrera came into Wednesday with 99 hits, 54 runs, 10 homers and 41 RBI while Michael Conforto had 104 hits, 72 runs, 27 homers and 68 RBI. Cabrera had one hit on Wednesday; Conforto is currently injured. 

Over on the Reds’ side, they’re going with RHP Robert Stephenson on Thursday. In his 52.2 innings and 2-4 record this year, Stephenson has a 5.81 ERA with 55 Ks and 35 BBs. 

Cincinnati has some big bats as well. Joey Votto brought 142 hits, 90 runs, 33 homers and 90 RBI into Wednesday while Brandon Hamilton had 130 hits, 79 runs and 35 RBI in that span. Votto had one hit on Wednesday; Hamilton appeared as a pinch hitter. 

The Mets are 9-24 in their last 33 during game three of a series and 1-4 in their last five Thursday games. New York is also 5-2 in deGrom’s last seven road starts and 10-4 in deGrom’s last 14 starts. 

Meanwhile, the Reds are 8-20 in their last 28 during game three of a series, and 1-4 in Stephenson’s last five home starts. The over is 7-3 in Stephenson’s last 10 starts overall and 4-1 in Stephenson’s last five starts with five days rest. 

After giving up 10 earned over 13.2 innings in two straight losses, deGrom bounced back against the Nats his last time out with 7.2 innings and one earned on five hits. As for Stephenson, he’s given up three earned on 10 hits in 10.2 innings over his last two starts. This should be a pretty solid pitching matchup, so the play is probably the under. I’ll take the Reds for the win, though.

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