New York Mets (23-18) at Pittsburgh Pirates (18-22)
|Date & Time||Friday May 22, 2015, 7:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -150 / New York Mets +140 --- Over/Under: 7
The New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates begin a three-game series Friday night.
The New York Mets look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Mets have scored seven runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last eight games. The Mets have won three straight when scoring more than three runs. Lucas Duda leads New York with 45 hits and 19 RBI while Daniel Murphy and Michael Cuddyer have combined for 39 RBI. The New York Mets have lost four straight road games. Noah Syndergaard gets the ball, and he’s 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season. This will be Syndergaard’s first career game against the Pirates.
The Pittsburgh Pirates need a win after losing five of their last six games. The Pirates have allowed 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last six games. The Pirates have lost five straight when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 43 hits and 27 RBI while Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez have combined for 40 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates have split their last six home games. Gerrit Cole takes the hill, and he’s 5-2 with a 2.40 ERA and 53 strikeouts this season. Cole is 0-2 with a 8.00 ERA and nine strikeouts his career against the Mets.
The Mets are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record and 0-4 in their last 4 road games. The Pirates are 1-6 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series and 16-6 in Coles last 22 starts. The Mets are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Pittsburgh and 4-9 in the last 13 meetings overall.
The Pirates need a win in the worst way and should have the advantag after having a day off against a traveling Mets team. Also helps that Cole is on the mound. Take Pittsburgh.