New York Mets (48-66) at Miami Marlins (48-70)
|Date & Time||Sunday August 12, 2018, 1:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Miami Marlins +137 / New York Mets -147 --- Over/Under: 7.5
The New York Mets and Miami Marlins meet Sunday in MLB action at Marlins Park.
The New York Mets could use a win here after losing seven of their last 11 games. The Mets have allowed six runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The New York Mets have lost eight of their last nine games when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Amed Rosario leads the Mets with 86 hits and 31 RBI while Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo have combined for 165 hits and 75 RBI. Noah Syndergaard gets the ball, and he is 7-2 with a 3.17 ERA and 93 strikeouts this season. Syndergaard is 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA and 42 strikeouts in his career against the Marlins.
The Miami Marlins could also use a win here after losing nine of their last 11 games. The Marlins have scored seven runs in their last three games and three or less runs in nine of their last 11 games. The Miami Marlins have lost 11 of their last 13 games when scoring three or less runs. Starlin Castro leads the Marlins with 128 hits and 41 RBI while Brain Anderson and Derek Dietrich have combined for 238 hits and 91 RBI. Wei-Yin Chen gets the ball, and he is 4-8 with a 5.48 ERA and 66 strikeouts this season. Chen is 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his career against the Mets.
The Mets are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series, 2-6 in their last 8 vs. National League East and 5-2 in Syndergaards last 7 starts. The Marlins are 7-17 in their last 24 during game 3 of a series, 14-5 in Chens last 19 home starts and 1-7 in Chens last 8 starts vs. National League East. The Mets are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Miami, 4-1 in Syndergaards last 5 starts vs. Marlins and the under is 5-2-1 in the last 8 meetings.
Syndergaard is obviously one of the best pitchers in baseball, and usually you just blindly back him whenever you can get a decent price or he's pitching against a subpar team. That's the case here, but the Mets are god awful to the point Syndergaard could pitch a lights out seven innings and still lose. I'm not laying juice with the Mets. Also, the Marlins have had a ton of success with Chen at home, winning 14 of his last 19 starts, and he's allowing a 1.94 ERA and .193 batting average in 51 innings. The fish and the plus money seems to be the play here.