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St. Louis Cardinals vs. New York Mets - 4/19/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Mets at St. Louis Cardinals
Date & Time Friday April 19, 2019, 8:15 PM (EDT)
Busch Stadium
St. Louis, MO
The Line
St. Louis Cardinals -147 / New York Mets +125
TV Channel
FS-Midwest, SNY
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The New York Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals meet in game one of a three game MLB set from Busch Stadium in baseball action on Friday night.

The New York Mets will be looking for a win after dropping 4 of their last 5 games following a 3-2 loss to the Phillies in their series finale on Wednesday. Michael Conforto went 2 for 4 with a solo home run while Amed Rosario added an RBI of his own and Jeff McNeil went 2 for 4 at the dish. Pete Alonso and J.D. Davis each had a base knock as well in the losing effort for the Mets. Zack Wheeler ended up with the loss, falling to 1-2 on the year after allowing three runs on five hits while striking out five over seven innings of work. Jason Vargas will start game one and is 1-0 with a 14.21 ERA and 3 strikeouts this season. In his career, Vargas is 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA and 14 strikeouts against St. Louis.

The St. Louis Cardinals will look to build some steam after avoiding the sweep at the hands of Milwaukee, salvaging a 6-3 win over the Brewers in Wednesday’s series finale. Matt Wieters went 2 for 4 with two RBIs while Matt Carpenter and Marcell Ozuna each had solo homers. Paul DeJong went 4 for 5 with an RBI while Kolten Wong went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Paul Goldschmidt went 2 for 5 with a double while Jose Martinez and Dexter Fowler each had base hits as well in the victory. Michael Wacha got the win to improve to 1-0 after allowing two runs on five hits while striking out seven over six innings of work. Jordan Hicks closed out the 9th for his 4th save of the season. Adam Wainwright will start game one and is 1-1 with a 3.94 ERA and 16 strikeouts this season. In his career, Wainwright is 5-5 with a 4.54 ERA and 60 strikeouts against the Mets.

New York is 1-4 in their last 5 games overall and 1-4 in their last 5 road games while the over is 6-0 in Vargas’ last 6 road starts. St. Louis is 5-2 in Wainwright’s last 7 starts while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games against the NL East. St. Louis is 5-1 in Wainwright’s last 6 starts against New York.

If we’re being honest, I’m not sure why the Mets are getting this much respect giving up a reasonable price to St. Louis here. Sure, the Cardinals have had issues with consistency lately, but I’m not trying to go anywhere near the Mets with Vargas on the mound after allowing eight runs in his last 1.1 innings of work. Wainwright has at least been a bit more reliable, giving up three runs in his last 12 innings, so I’ll lay the juice with St. Louis as this price is a gift in my opinion.

St. Louis Cardinals -147

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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