New York Mets vs. Cincinnati Reds - 9/7/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cincinnati Reds (61-79) at New York Mets (59-79)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Citi Field)
Tyler Mahle (0-1) (2.45) vs. M Harvey (4-4) (5.97)
The Line: New York Mets -105 / Cincinnati Reds -117 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Ohio, SNY
The Cincinnati Reds and the New York Mets kick off a four game set from Citi Field on Thursday night in MLB action.
The Cincinnati Reds will look to finish the season strong after completing the sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers, including a 7-1 victory in the series finale on Wednesday. Jose Peraza went 1 for 4 with a homer and two RBIs, while Zack Cozart added a solo homer. Scott Schebler, Adam Duvall and Tucker Barnhart each chipped in RBIs to the winning cause for the Reds. Eugenio Suarez went 2 for 4 with a double, while Joey Votto and Phillip Ervin each contributed a base hit in the win. Luis Castillo got the win, going eight strong innings, giving up just the one run on four hits while striking out ten to improve to 3-7 this season. Tyler Mahle will get the nod in the opener and is 0-1 with a 2.45 ERA and 8 strikeouts this season. This will be Mahle’s first career start against the Mets.
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The New York Mets will look to build some positive momentum down the stretch after winning their series with the Phillies, following a 6-3 win in the finale that was called after the 6th inning due to rain. Travis D’Arnaud and Brandon Nimmo each had two RBIs, with D’Arnaud hitting a two-run homer in the first inning. Asdrubal Cabrera went 3 for 3 with an RBI single to open the scoring along with a double, while starting pitcher Robert Gsellman added an RBI to help his own cause to round out the scoring for the Mets in the win. Dominic Smith and Juan Lagares each added a double while Jose Reyes and Nori Aoki each added base hits of their own in victory. Gsellman also got the win on the mound, evening up his record at 6-6 this season after giving up three runs, two earned, on five hits while striking out four over six innings of work. Matt Harvey will start the opener and is 4-4 with a 5.97 ERA and 57 strikeouts this season. In his career, Harvey is 3-0 with a 2.48 ERA and 30 strikeouts against Cincinnati.
Cincinnati is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall and 18-38 in their last 56 road games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a right-handed starter. New York is 3-9 in Harvey’s last 12 starts and 4-13 in their last 17 home games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record. New York is 4-1 in Harvey’s last 5 starts against Cincinnati.
Even though Harvey has had a lot of success against the Reds in his career, his return from the DL isn’t exactly what he was looking for, as he allowed seven runs in just two innings. Mahle has looked good in his first two major league starts, and the Reds have to be full of confidence after playing spoiler against a division rival when they swept the Brewers. All in all, I have more confidence in Mahle than I do Harvey right now, so I’ll take a shot with the Reds here.