San Diego Padres (37-27) vs. New York Mets (30-24)
June 11, 2021 7:10 pm EDT
The Line: New York Mets -157 / San Diego Padres +145; Over/Under: +6
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The San Diego Padres and the New York Mets meet Friday in MLB action from Citi Field. The Padres are coming off a series versus the Cubs this week. San Diego won Monday but lost the other pair in that set. As for the Mets, they played two versus the Orioles this week. New York lost Tuesday but managed a big win in the Wednesday game. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
San Diego posted a 9-4 victory on Monday versus the Cubs but then lost 7-1 on Tuesday and 3-1 Wednesday. In the Wednesday defeat, Padres starter Yu Darvish posted 7.0 innings with three hits and two earned alongside a pair of walks and eight Ks.
For the starter role in the Friday game, the Padres are sending out Blake Snell. Across 54.0 innings of work this year, Snell has 45 hits, 30 runs (29 earned), eight homers allowed, 32 walks, 80 Ks and a 4.83 ERA.
Over on the Mets’ side, they took a rough 10-3 loss courtesy of the Orioles on Tuesday but were able to bounce back for a 14-1 win on Wednesday. In that one, New York starter Taijuan Walker went 7.0 innings with one earned on five hits and a walk.
For the Friday starting pitcher job, the Mets will send Jacob deGrom to the mound. Over his 58.0 innings this year, deGrom has 25 hits, seven runs (four earned), three homers allowed, eight walks, 93 Ks and a 0.62 ERA.
The Padres are 17-4 in their last 21 Friday games and 4-1 in their last five after an off day. San Diego is 7-2 in their last nine in game one of a series and 1-4 in their last five overall.
Meanwhile, the Mets are 4-0 in their last four home games and 4-1 in their last five after an off day. New York is 20-8 in their last 28 versus the NL West and 9-4 in their last 13 overall.
PICK: I’m going to stick with the Mets. Snell is coming off his best start as a Padre, logging 7.0 innings with one hit, one walk and 10 strikeouts versus the Mets on June 4. As for deGrom, he’s given up five hits and no earned across 13.0 innings in his last two starts. If Snell is on again, this one should be a low-scoring pitchers’ duel and a fun game to watch. In that scenario I’m still siding with deGrom, though.