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New York Mets vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 3/31/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
St. Louis Cardinals (0-1) at New York Mets (1-0)
Date & Time Saturday March 31, 2018, 1:10 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: New York Mets -149 / St. Louis Cardinals +139 --- Over/Under: 7.5
TV Channel
SNY, FSMW
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MLB | St. Louis Cardinals (0-1) at New York Mets (1-0)
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Out at Citi Field on Saturday, the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Mets will be meeting up on the MLB circuit as they continue their series. 

In the opener of this set back on Thursday, the Mets put up a 9-4 victory. New York scored five times in the fifth inning, which broke open what had been a tight 3-2 affair. The Mets out-hit St. Louis 12-6 on the day. 

On Saturday, Michael Wacha will be making the start for the Cardinals. Last season, Wacha put up 30 starts for St. Louis, posting a 4.13 ERA with a 12-9 record, 170 hits and 82 runs. 

In the Thursday game, the Cards’ only player with multiple hits was JD Martinez, with three hits, two runs, a homer and two RBI. Veteran catcher Yadier Molina also had a nice game for St. Louis, with a homer and two RBI. 

As for the Mets, they’re rolling with Jacob deGrom on Saturday. In his 31 starts and 15-10 record during 2017, deGrom managed a 3.53 ERA with 180 hits and 87 runs in 201.1 innings. 

The Mets had a slew of hits on Thursday, and five different players collected a pair. Yoenis Cespedes was New York’s top contributor with three RBI, while Amed Rosario managed a pair of RBI himself. 

The Cardinals are 20-7 in their last 27 during game two of a series and 22-9 in their last 31 versus the NL East. St. Louis is also 15-36 in their last 51 following an off day and 5-2 in Wacha’s last seven Saturday starts. 

Meanwhile, the Mets are 4-0 in their last four home games and 2-6 in deGrom’s last six in game two of a series. New York is also 1-4 in deGrom’s last five starts and 0-5 in deGrom’s last five home starts. 

The Cardinals are trying to take a step back toward relevance this year, but they’re not starting things out very well. Their main issue—of several—is going to be run production, as St. Louis realistically doesn’t have much in the way of intimidating hitters. I’m going to roll with deGrom and the Mets here.

Pick:
New York Mets -149

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