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NY Mets vs St. Louis Cardinals Prediction 4-26-24 Picks

St. Louis Cardinals (11-14) vs. NY Mets (13-11)
April 26, 2024 7:10 pm EDT
The Line: NY Mets -116 / St. Louis Cardinals -101; Over/Under: +7.5
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The St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Mets meet Friday in MLB action from Citi Field. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a St. Louis Cardinals vs. New York Mets prediction.

Starting Pitching Matchup

The St. Louis Cardinals will send Miles Mikolas to the mound and he is 1-3 with a 6.49 ERA and 20 strikeouts this season. In his career, Mikolas is 1-3 with a 4.68 ERA and 19 strikeouts against the Mets. The New York Mets will send Jose Butto to the mound here and Butto is 0-0 with a 1.65 ERA and 21 strikeouts this season. This will be Butto’s first career start against the Cardinals.

St. Louis Cardinals Recap

The St. Louis Cardinals come into this series fresh off of their 5-1 win in Wednesday’s series finale against the Arizona Diamondbacks, giving the Cards their second series win in three series after getting swept by the Brewers and taking out the Oakland A’s in the series before that. In the 5-1 win, The Cardinals didn’t break through until a two-run 6th inning that put St. Louis ahead for good before adding insurance runs in the 7th and 8th innings.

Where Is St. Louis’ Offense Coming From?

Nolan Gorman has a team-high 4 home runs while Brendan Donovan leads the Cardinals with 12 RBIs while Nolan Arenado has 12 RBIs of his own with Arenado posting a team-best 28 hits and 6 doubles while Donovan has 4 doubles and a triple. Gorman also has a team-high 34 strikeouts this season while Masyn Winn has a pair of triples and Willson Contreras also has a team-high 7 doubles as well this season.

St. Louis Cardinals Team Facts

  • The Cardinals have lost each of their last 11 Friday games against NL East opponents that held a winning record.
  • The Cardinals have covered the run line in eight of their last nine games against NL East opponents following a home win.
  • The ‘Inning 1 OVER 0.5 runs’ market has hit in each of the Cardinals’ last six games at Citi Field.
  • The Cardinals have trailed after 3 innings in each of their last four night games against National League opponents.
  • The Cardinals have trailed after 5 innings in each of their last four night games.

New York Mets Recap

The New York Mets come into this series looking to get back on track after falling flat in their series against San Francisco. Thankfully, an 8-2 blowout win over the Giants on Wednesday, the Mets were able to avoid the sweep and salvage something from the set. Prior to that the Mets still had a series win over the Dodgers as well as a sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Mets Heating Up At The Plate

Pete Alonso leads the Mets with 7 home runs along with 12 RBIs while Brandon Nimmo has 2 home runs and a team-high 15 RBIs. Jeff McNeil has a team-high 6 doubles while Starling Marte has a team-high 29 hits with 6 stolen bases and Harrison Bader has 5 SB as well this season.

New York Mets Team Facts

  • The Mets have won each of their last nine Friday games against National League opponents that held a losing record.
  • The Mets have covered the run line in each of their last eight night games following a win.
  • The Mets have led after 7 innings in each of their last five night games against the Cardinals.
  • The Mets have won the first inning in each of their last three night games against the Cardinals at Citi Field.
  • The Mets have led after 5 innings in each of their last five night games against the Cardinals.

Cardinals vs. Mets Prediction

I’m on the Mets here. The Cardinals are one team I’ve lost patience with. They have a roster chock full of talent, but continue to disappoint more often than not when it comes to production. Mikolas has been a disappointment more often than not on the road in his career as well. The Mets have been playing the better baseball, in my eyes so far this year have the better starter and the bullpen’s been a lot better as of late as well. I think the Mets get it done here. Give me the Mets.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: New York Mets -116

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Chris joined the Sports Chat Place team in August 2016 and has a proven system that combines multiple analytical and situational statistics and trends to give out thousands of winning picks over the last three years with winning records across all of the top leagues, Follow Chris Ruffolo on Twitter @ruffthepickdawg

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