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New York Mets vs. Minnesota Twins - 4/9/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Minnesota Twins at New York Mets
Date & Time Tuesday April 9, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Citi Field
Flushing, NY
The Line
New York Mets: -1.5 (+110) / Minnesota Twins: 1.5 (-122)
TV Channel
FS-North, SNY
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The Minnesota Twins and the New York Mets meet in game one of a mini two-game interleague set from Citi Field in MLB action on Tuesday night.

The Minnesota Twins will look to bounce back after dropping the rubber match of their series with the Phillies by a final score of 2-1 on Sunday. Max Kepler went 2 for 4 with a solo home run that ended up accounting for all of the Twins scoring in the losing effort. Marwin Gonzalez went 2 for 4 while Eddie Rosario, Ehire Adrianza and Jason Castro each had a base hit in the losing effort for Minnesota. Jose Berrios allowed both runs on two hits while striking out seven over six innings of work. Kyle Gibson will start game one and is 0-0 with a 9.64 ERA and 2 strikeouts this season. In his career, Gibson is 0-2 with a 7.27 ERA and 6 strikeouts against the Mets.

The New York Mets will be looking to rebound as well after dropping their set against Washington with a 12-9 loss in the series finale on Sunday. Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto each went 2 for 4 with three RBIs including a home run and a double while Brandon Nimmo had a double and an RBI and Wilson Ramos and Jeff McNeil each had an RBI to round out New York’s scoring in the losing effort. J.D. Davis, Luis Guillorme and Amed Rosario each had a base hit as well in the loss for the Mets. Zack Wheeler took the loss, falling to 0-1 on the year after allowing seven runs on four hits while walking seven over 4.2 innings of work. Jacob DeGrom will start game one and is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 24 strikeouts this season. This will be DeGrom’s first career start against Minnesota.

Minnesota is 5-11 in Gibson’s last 16 interleague starts and 4-11 in their last 15 interleague games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against the NL East. New York is 4-0 in DeGrom’s last 4 starts and 8-3 in their last 11 games overall while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games against the AL Central. Minnesota is 0-7 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams and 0-4 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams in New York.

The Twins have done a good job holding their own on the road as of late, but the fact is that I just think that the Mets have more going for them in this matchup. DeGrom has been pretty darn impressive out of the gate, throwing back-to-back shutouts with double digits in the strikeout column in both outings. The Mets have also been swinging the hotter bat in my opinion, and Gibson looked shaky in his first start so I’ll side with the Mets on the run line as I just don’t think Minnesota can keep up here.

Pick:
New York Mets: -1.5 (+110)

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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