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St. Louis Cardinals vs. New York Mets - 4/20/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New York Mets at St. Louis Cardinals
Date & Time Saturday April 20, 2019, 2:15 PM (EDT)
Location
Busch Stadium
St. Louis, Missouri
The Line
St. Louis Cardinals -140 / New York Mets +130 O/U: 9
TV Channel
FSMW, WPIX
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The New York Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals will meet up on the MLB diamond Saturday to continue their series.

In the Friday opener, the Mets scored three runs in the first two innings and were able to hang despite some trouble in the ninth for a close 5-4 win.

For the Saturday game, the Mets were originally going to be sending out RHP Jacob deGrom for the start, but in something of a shocking turn, deGrom has been placed on the IL with a sore elbow. Chris Flexen will come out of Triple-A and take the start here. 

In the Friday game, Robinson Cano had a big night for the Mets, logging a double, two hits, a run and an RBI on the evening.

Over on the Cardinals’ side, they’re going with Miles Mikolas on Saturday. Over his 21.0 innings and 1-1 mark this year, Mikolas has a 6.00 ERA with 11 Ks and five walks.

The heart of the Cardinals’ order couldn’t get much going in the Friday game. Paul Goldschmidt had one hit, and Paul DeJong and Marcel Ozuna combined to go 0-for-8.

The Mets are 8-1 in their last nine in game two of a series and 7-3 in their last 10 Saturday games. New York is 1-5 in deGrom’s last six Saturday starts and 2-7 in his last nine starts during game two of a series.

Meanwhile, the Cards are 5-2 in the last seven in game two of a series and 2-7 in their last nine Saturday games. St. Louis is 5-0 in Mikolas’ last five Saturday starts and 8-1 in his last nine home starts.

It's probably a good thing that deGrom hit the injured list; he's been pretty shaky to start the season. Flexen likely won't stay out there too long, so it'll be a bullpen game for the Mets essentially. 

As for Mikolas, he hasn’t been spectacular, but he’s been reliable, with three earned in each of his last three starts this year.

All things considered, with deGrom out there I'd be taking the Mets, but I have to change with the injury. I'm going Cards. 

Pick:
St. Louis Cardinals -140

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