New York Mets (47-41) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (35-56)
July 17, 2021 7:05 pm EDT
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +157 / New York Mets -171; Over/Under: -8.5
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The New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates meet Saturday in MLB action at PNC Park. The Mets look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Pirates look for a win after winning five of their last eight games.
The New York Mets have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Mets have won seven of their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Francisco Lindor leads the Mets with 70 hits and 36 RBI while Dominic Smith and Pete Alonso have combined for 138 hits and 86 RBI. The New York Mets didn’t list a starting pitcher at the time this article was published.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Pirates have won four of their last five games when scoring four or more runs. Adam Frazier leads the Pirates with 115 hits and 29 RBI while Bryan Reynolds and Kevin Newman have combined for 159 hits and 64 RBI. Wil Crowe gets the ball, and he is 1-5 with a 6.05 ERA and 50 strikeouts this season. This will be Crowe’s first career game against the Mets.
The Mets are 7-2 in their last 9 Saturday games and 25-11 in their last 36 games as a favorite. The Pirates are 17-42 in their last 59 games as an underdog and 22-45 in their last 67 overall. The over is 3-1-1 in Mets last 5 road games. The over is 4-1 in Pirates last 5 overall. The Mets are 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.
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The Mets are the better team here, but they continue to be hit or miss and now it looks like Lindor is injured. The Pirates are playing their best ball of the season over the last week and Crowe has been improved over his last two starts. In his last 9.1 innings, Crowe has allowed just four runs while striking out 10. There’s some value with the Pirates at home and the big plus money.