San Francisco Giants (81-44) vs. New York Mets (61-64)
August 26, 2021 7:10 pm EDT
The Line: New York Mets +105 / San Francisco Giants -125; Over/Under: 8
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The San Francisco Giants and the New York Mets meet in MLB action from Citi Field on Thursday night.
The San Francisco Giants will look to build off of their 3-2 win over the Mets from Wednesday night. Brandon Crawford led the charge with a double and two RBIs while Kris Bryant had a solo home run to cap off the scoring for the Giants in the winning effort. Darin Ruf added a pinch-hit double while Alex Dickerson chipped in a base hit as well to finish off San Francisco’s offense as the Giants had just four hits as a team in the winning effort. Johnny Cueto threw 4.2 shutout innings, allowing just five hits with a pair of strikeouts, not factoring in the decision. Tony Watson cot the win in relief to improve to 5-2 on the year while Jake McGee closed the 9th for his 29th save of the year. Alex Wood will start here and is 10-4 with a 4.11 ERA and 130 strikeouts this season.
The New York Mets will look to bounce back from yet another defeat at the hands of the Giants on Wednesday. Dominic Smith went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a double while Jonathan Villar and Taijuan Walker each had a pair of hits as well. Brandon Nimmo, Pete Alonso, Michael Conforto and Javier Baez all chipped in base hits as well to finish off New York’s offense as a team in the defeat. Walker took the loss on the mound, falling to 7-9 on the year after allowing two runs on two hits while striking out three over six innings of work. Carlos Carrasco will start here and is 0-2 with an 8.82 ERA and 18 strikeouts this season.
San Francisco is 4-0 in their last 4 Thursday games and 7-1 in their last 8 games against the NL East while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a losing record. New York is 8-20 in their last 28 games as an underdog and 2-9 in their last 11 games overall while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games against the NL West.
There’s been a lot of pressure on both teams for the Giants to win to keep pace with the Dodgers while the Mets are simply being asked to win period, so I think that’s contributed to some lower-scoring games early in the series. However, I think we could expect runs in bunches on Thursday as Wood hasn’t been all that special this season and Carlos Carrasco has been getting beat around lately. Give me the over in this spot.