New York Mets (73-79) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (91-62)
September 24, 2021 8:10 pm EDT
The Line: Milwaukee Brewers -196 / New York Mets +145; Over/Under: +7
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The New York Mets and the Milwaukee Brewers meet Friday in MLB action from American Family Field. The Mets are coming off a pair of games versus the Red Sox this week. New York ended up losing both those games by a combined 18-8 score. As for the Brewers, they just finished up against the Cardinals. Milwaukee lost the first three games in that series, then on Thursday the Brewers blew a big lead and fell again. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
New York had trouble against a surging Boston team this week, falling 6-3 on Tuesday and 12-5 in the Wednesday game. Starter Taijuan Walker put up 2.0 innings with six earned on six hits and two walks during the defeat.
For the starter job in the Friday opener, the Mets will send out Tylor Megill. Across his 80.2 innings this year Megill has 82 hits, 42 runs (41 earned), 16 homers allowed, 22 walks, 91 Ks and a 4.57 ERA.
Over on the Brewers’ side, they had issues this week with a surging team themselves in the Cardinals. Milwaukee lost the first three games in the series, then on Thursday the Brewers gave up seven runs in the final three frames on the way to an 8-5 defeat. Milwaukee had a 5-1 lead going into the seventh inning.
Starting pitcher for the Friday game will be Milwaukee’s Eric Lauer. This year Lauer has a 6-5 record with a 3.03 ERA in 22 games (18 starts) along with 105 Ks in 107.0 innings.
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The Mets are 14-5 in their last 19 after an off day and 5-12 in their last 17 in game one of a series. New York is 2-6 in their last eight Friday games and 1-4 in their last five versus a right-handed starter.
Meanwhile, the Brewers are 4-1 in their last five versus the NL East and 41-19 in their last 60 versus a right-handed starter. The over is 12-5-1 in Milwaukee’s last 18 Friday games as well.
PICK: I’m going with the Brewers. Lauer has been doing well over his last three games, posting just two earned on eight hits and five walks in 17.2 total innings. As for Megill, he’s given up four or more earned in two of his last three and is coming off six earned in 3.0 innings versus St. Louis. I think both starters will do pretty well here, with Milwaukee ultimately powering out the win.