New York Mets at Chicago White Sox
|Date & Time||Wednesday July 31, 2019, 8:10 PM (EDT)|
Guaranteed Rate Field
New York Mets: -1.5 (+100) / Chicago White Sox: 1.5 (-120)
The New York Mets and the Chicago White Sox meet in game two of their three game interleague set in MLB action from Guaranteed Rate Field on Wednesday.
The New York Mets will look to keep their momentum going after pushing their winning streak to five with a 5-2 win in extra innings in Tuesday’s opener. Jeff McNeil had a home run and two RBIs while Michael Conforto went 3 for 5 with a solo home run and a double. Robinson Cano and Tomas Nido each had an RBI to round out New York’s scoring as a team in the win while Amed Rosario went 4 for 5 at the dish. Pete Alonso had two hits while Todd Frazier added a base hit as well to cap off the Mets’ offense as a team in the victory. Noah Syndergaard gave up just an unearned run on five hits while striking out 11 over 7.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Robert Gsellman picked up the win in relief to improve his record to 2-2 on the year. Jacob DeGrom will start game two and is 6-7 with a 2.86 ERA and 163 strikeouts this season. This will be DeGrom’s second career start against the White Sox.
The Chicago White Sox will look to bounce back after losing six of seven following the series opening loss on Tuesday. Jose Abreu and Tim Anderson each had an RBI to cap off Chicago’s scoring in the loss while Yolmer Sanchez had two hits and Ryan Goins added a double. Adam Engel, Leury Garcia and Jon Jay each added a base knock as well as the White Sox had just six hits as a team in the defeat. Reynaldo Lopez allowed two runs on six hits while walking four and striking out six over 5.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Jose Ruiz took the loss in relief to fall to 1-2 on the year. Lucas Giolito will start game two and is 11-5 with a 3.52 ERA and 141 strikeouts this season. In his career, Giolito is 0-0 with a 4.70 ERA and 5 strikeouts against the Mets.
New York is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall and 5-14 in DeGrom’s last 19 starts while the under is 8-2 in their last 10 games against a team with a losing record. Chicago is 2-5 in Giolito’s last 7 starts and 1-6 in their last 7 home games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 interleague games.
The plus money is tempting with Chicago considering Giolito has been considered the staff ace this season along with the fact that the Mets have a hard time winning games that DeGrom pitches in, mainly because the team doesn’t provide any run support. However, Giolito has allowed 13 runs in nine innings across his last two starts at home and while DeGrom doesn’t have the dominant record, he’s pitched extremely well and is sitting on back-to-back seven inning shutout performances coming into this game. The Mets are also the team in much better form coming into this one, so I’ll side with New York for another win and to cut down the heavy juice, I’ll side with the Mets on the RL as I see Giolito struggling again.