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New York Mets vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 6/13/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets
Date & Time Thursday June 13, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)
Citi Field
Flushing, NY
The Line
New York Mets -140 / St. Louis Cardinals +120
TV Channel
FS-Midwest, SNY
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The St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Mets meet in game one of a four game set in MLB action from Citi Field in MLB action on Thursday.

The St. Louis Cardinals will look to rebound after dropping their series finale on Wednesday against Miami by a final score of 9-0. Paul DeJong had a double while Paul Goldschmidt and Kolten Wong each had a base hit as well as the Cardinals had just three hits as a team in the losing effort with the rest of the team going 0 for 16 with 5 strikeouts. Miles Mikolas took the loss, falling to 4-7 after allowing five runs on eight hits while striking out four over five innings of work. Jack Flaherty will start game one and is 4-3 with a 4.08 ERA and 73 strikeouts this season. This will be Flaherty’s first career start against the Mets.

The New York Mets will look to build some steam after earning a doubleheader split with the Yankees on Tuesday, dropping game one by a final score of 12-5 before coming back with a 10-4 win in game two. Game one saw Jeff McNeil lead the charge with a home run and three RBIs while Pete Alonso led game two with a home run and three RBIs and J.D. Davis had a home run and two RBIs. Zack Wheeler took the loss on the mound in game one, falling to 5-4 on the year after allowing nine runs, five earned, on ten hits while striking out six over 4.2 innings of work. Jason Vargas got the win in game two, improving to 3-3 after giving up three runs on seven hits over six innings of work. Jacob DeGrom will start game one and is 3-6 with a 3.45 ERA and 94 strikeouts this season. In his career, DeGrom is 4-2 with a 4.21 ERA and 31 strikeouts against St. Louis.

St. Louis is 2-8 in Flaherty’s last 10 road starts and 5-13 in their last 18 road games while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 series opening matchups. New York is 2-9 in DeGrom’s last 11 starts and 13-3 in their last 16 home games while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 games against the NL Central. New York is 4-1 in DeGrom’s last 5 starts against St. Louis.

I was starting to get back on board with the Cardinals, and just when I do, they put up a clunker and get shut out by Miami. DeGrom doesn’t have the record to show for it, but he’s still pitched pretty well lately, giving up two runs or less in seven of his last eight starts. It’s also not often that you get an ace quality pitcher like DeGrom at this price, so I’ll lay the juice with the Mets to draw first blood on Thursday.

New York Mets -140

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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