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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. New York Mets - 8/2/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Mets at Pittsburgh Pirates
Date & Time Friday August 2, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)
PNC Park
Pittsburgh, PA
The Line
Pittsburgh Pirates +110 / New York Mets -130
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The New York Mets and the Pittsburgh Pirates meet in game one of a three game set in MLB action from PNC Park on Friday.

The New York Mets will look to stay hot after winning seven in a row, completing their second straight series sweep with a 4-0 win over the White Sox on Thursday. Robinson Cano went 2 for 4 with a home run, a double and two RBIs while Wilson Ramos went 2 for 3 with an RBI as well. Jeff McNeil, J.D. Davis, Amed Rosario and Adeiny Hechavarria each had base hits to cap off New York’s offense as a team in the win. Zack Wheeler got the win to improve to 8-6 on the year after tossing seven shutout innings, giving up just four hits while striking out seven. Steven Matz will start game one and is 6-6 with a 4.32 ERA and 93 strikeouts this season. In his career, Matz is 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA and 31 strikeouts against Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh Pirates need a win after losing 15 of their last 19 games following a 4-1 loss in the series finale of their set with Cincinnati to start the week. Bryan Reynolds accounted for the lone Pittsburgh RBI while Elias Diaz went 2 for 3 and Jose Osuna added a double. Colie Moran, Josh Bell and Kevin Newman each had a base hit as well to cap off Pittsburgh’s offense as a team in the losing effort. Dario Agrazal took the loss, falling to 2-2 on the year after allowing three runs on six hits while striking out five over 3.2 innings of work. Trevor Williams will start game one and is 3-4 with a 4.87 ERA and 75 strikeouts this season. In his career, Williams is 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA and 15 strikeouts against the Mets.

New York is 7-0 in their last 7 games overall and 5-1 in their last 6 games against the NL Central while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 road games. Pittsburgh is 1-4 in Williams’ last 5 starts and 0-5 in their last 5 home games while the over is 4-0 in Williams’ last 4 home starts. New York is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.

A lot of factors come into play that could make you side with Pittsburgh, as Matz hasn’t been good on the road, going 2-6 with a 6.40 ERA in 11 starts compared to 4-0 with a 2.06 ERA at home. Williams also has solid numbers against the Mets in his career. However, Williams also has a 5.71 ERA at home this season, and side by side, the Mets have been playing miles better than the Pirates since the all-star break, and it’s not close. New York hasn’t been great on the road, but we are getting a low line with a team that’s won seven in a row against a team that’s won just four games in their last 19. I’ll side with the Mets on the road to draw first blood here.

New York Mets -130

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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