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New York Mets vs. Cincinnati Reds - 5/2/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Reds at New York Mets
Date & Time Thursday May 2, 2019, 12:10 PM (EDT)
Citi Field
Queens, New York
The Line
The Line: Cincinnati Reds +160 / New York Mets -170 -- Over/Under: 7.5
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The Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets meet Thursday in MLB action at Citi Field.

The Cincinnati Reds look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Reds have scored nine runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last 10 games. The Cincinnati Reds have lost five of their last seven games when scoring four or less runs. Jose Iglesias leads the Reds with 26 hits and seven RBI while Eugenio Suarez and Joey Votto have combined for 46 hits and 21 RBI. Tyler Mahle gets the ball, and he is 0-3 with a 4.50 ERA and 26 strikeouts this season. This will be Mahle’s second career game against the Mets.

The New York Mets could use a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Mets have scored eight runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The New York Mets have lost seven of their last eight games when scoring four or less runs. Jeff McNeil leads the Mets with 38 hits and 12 RBI while Pete Alonso and Amed Rosario have combined for 62 hits and 43 RBI. Noah Syndergaard gets the ball, and he is 1-3 with a 6.35 ERA and 39 strikeouts this season. Syndergaard is 4-0 with a 2.67 ERA and 38 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.

The Reds are 5-1 in their last 6 Thursday games, 0-6 in their last 6 during game 4 of a series and 1-9 in Mahles last 10 starts. The Mets are 6-1 in their last 7 Thursday games, 1-5 in Syndergaards last 6 starts vs. National League Central and 8-3 in Syndergaards last 11 home starts. The Reds are 4-12 in the last 16 meetings in New York, 8-22 in the last 30 meetings and the Mets are 5-0 in Syndergaards last 5 starts vs. Reds. The over is 6-2 in Syndergaards last 8 home starts. The under is 4-0-1 in Mahles last 5 starts overall.

Mahle has allowed 13 runs in his last 17 innings and is giving up a .294 batting average on the season. Syndergaard looks nothing like the pitcher we're used to seeing, as he's allowed four or more earned runs in each of his last four starts, has walked to or more in four of his last five starts and is allowing a .299 batting average on the season. The difference in this game is we know it's only a matter of time before Syndergaard breaks out of this funk. We can't guarantee the same for Mahle. It's also easier to return on a quick turnaround when at home and waking up in your own bed. I'll lay the juice with the Mets.

New York Mets -170

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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