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San Francisco Giants vs. New York Mets - 7/18/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Mets at San Francisco Giants
Date & Time Thursday July 18, 2019, 9:45 PM (EDT)
Oracle Park
San Francisco, CA
The Line
San Francisco Giants +100 / New York Mets -120
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The New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants meet in game one of a four game set in MLB action from Oracle Park on Thursday.

The New York Mets will look to keep the momentum going after extending their winning streak to four games with a 14-4 rout of Minnesota in their last outing. Dominic Smith had a home run and four RBIs while Amed Rosario went 4 for 4 with a home run, a triple and three RBIs. Pete Alonso had a home run and two RBIs while Jeff McNeil and Adeiny Hechavarria each had a double and an RBI with Hechavarria going 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles. Todd Frazier went 2 for 5 with a double and Juan Lagares added a two-bagger of his own while J.D. Davis, Wilson Ramos and Michael Conforto each added a base hit to round out New York’s offense in the victory. Robinson Cano ended the game as the only Met without a base hit in the winning effort. Jason Vargas got the win to improve to 4-5 on the year after allowing three runs on five hits while striking out four over six innings of work. Noah Syndergaard will start game one and is 7-4 with a 4.55 ERA and 110 strikeouts this season. In his career, Syndergaard is 3-2 with a 3.05 ERA and 35 strikeouts against San Francisco.

The San Francisco Giants will look to keep their momentum going after winning five straight and eight of nine following an 11-8 win over the Colorado Rockies, completing the four game division sweep. Stephen Vogt and Donovan Solano each had a home run, a double and two RBIs with Solano going 4 for 5 with a pair of doubles. Pablo Sandoval had a double and two RBIs of his own. Brandon Belt, Mike Yastrzemski, Kevin Pillar and Alex Dickerson each had an RBI with Belt going 3 for 6 and Yastrzemski adding a double. Austin Slater and Joe Panik each had two hits with Slater chipping in a double to cap off San Fran’s offense as a team in the win. Shaun Anderson gave up five runs on eight hits over 4.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Derek Holland got the win to improve to 2-4 on the year while Mark Melancon picked up his 1st save of the year. Madison Bumgarner will start game one and is 5-7 with a 3.86 ERA and 121 strikeouts this season. In his career, Bumgarner is 6-0 with a 2.00 ERA and 59 strikeouts against the Mets.

New York is 5-0 in Syndergaard’s last 5 starts and 11-27 in their last 38 road games while the over is 3-0-1 in their last 4 Thursday games. San Francisco is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall and 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 series opening matchups. New York is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 7-1 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams in San Francisco.

The Mets picking up a sweep of the Twins on the road is impressive and the Mets have won each of Syndergaard’s last five starts. However, Syndergaard still has an ERA just under five on the road, and  the Mets still haven’t been very good on the road. In reality, side by side, the Giants are the team in better form coming into this one with an impressive four game sweep at Coors Field. MadBum may not be the dominant ace of old, but a good chunk of his success this season has come at home and he has pretty much owned the Mets in his career. I like the Giants to come out on top and extend their winning streak another game, so San Fran and the low line is the play for me in this one.

San Francisco Giants +100

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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