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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. New York Mets - 8/3/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New York Mets at Pittsburgh Pirates
Date & Time Saturday August 3, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)
Location
PNC Park
Pittsburgh, PA
The Line
Pittsburgh Pirates +120 / New York Mets -140
TV Channel
SNY
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The New York Mets and the Pittsburgh Pirates meet in game two of their three game set in MLB action from PNC Park on Saturday.

The New York Mets will look to bounce back after having their seven game winning streak snapped with an 8-4 loss in game one on Friday. Pete Alonso and J.D. Davis each had a double and an RBI while Wilson Ramos had an RBI as well in the losing effort. Jeff McNeil had a double while Robinson Cano and Amed Rosario each went 2 for 4 at the dish. Michael Conforto added a base hit as well to cap off the Mets’ offense in the defeat. Steven Matz took the loss, falling to 6-7 on the year after allowing five runs on six hits while striking out four over just 3.2 innings of work. Marcus Stroman will make his Mets debut here after being traded from Toronto at the trade deadline and is 6-11 with a 2.96 ERA and 99 strikeouts this season. This will be Stroman’s second career start against Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to build up some momentum after earning a win in game one on Friday. Starling Marte went 2 for 5 with a home run and three RBIs while Melky Cabrera had a double and two RBIs. Josh Bell, Jose Osuna and Elias Diaz each had an RBI to round out Pittsburgh’s scoring as a team in the win. Kevin Newman went 2 for 4 while Bryan Reynolds added a base hit of his own to cap off the Pirates’ offense in the winning effort. Trevor Williams got the win to improve to 4-4 on the year after allowing three runs on six hits over six innings of work. Chris Archer will start game two and is 3-8 with a 5.58 ERA and 116 strikeouts this season. In his career, Archer is 0-1 with a 6.55 ERA and 14 strikeouts against the Mets.

New York is 7-1 in their last 8 games overall and 5-2 in their last 7 games against the NL Central while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. Pittsburgh is 9-20 in their last 29 games overall and 0-4 in Archer’s last 4 starts while the over is 26-9-3 in their last 38 home games. New York is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

Maybe Friday’s win could be a sign that Pittsburgh is ready to make an effort in the second half, but I’m not buying it just yet. The Pirates haven’t had much luck with Archer on the mound lately, losing his last four starts, including giving up six runs, five earned in five innings last time up against these same Mets. Stroman made the news after apparently not being happy about being traded to the Mets and not that other New York team, but the Mets are still a team that’s in the playoff hunt right now and you’d have to imagine that Stroman will put a strong foot forward in his first outing with his new team, so I’ll lay the juice with the Mets to get back on track with a win in game two considering that the Pirates have still lost 15 of their last 20 games.

Pick:
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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