New York Mets (14-6) at St. Louis Cardinals (13-8)
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 24, 2018, 8:15 PM (EDT)|
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -170 / New York Mets +150 --- Over/Under: 8
The New York Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals square off in game one of their three game MLB set from Busch Stadium on Tuesday night.
The New York Mets come into this one rested after having their series finale against the Braves postponed due to rain, not giving the Mets the chance to salvage a series split after losing 2 of the first 3 games of the set. The Mets lost game three on Saturday by a final score of 4-3, as Asdrubal Cabrera went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and Jay Bruce went 1 for 4 with an RBI of his own. Jose Reyes went 3 for 4 at the dish while Michael Conforto added a base hit of his own to finish off the offense for New York in the loss. Jacob DeGrom threw seven innings of four hit shutout baseball, striking out ten and not factoring in the decision. Jeurys Familia notched his 2nd blown save and first loss of the season, giving up the tying and walk-off hit. Zack Wheeler will start game one and is 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA and 9 strikeouts this season. In his career, Wheeler is 0-2 with a 4.76 ERA and 10 strikeouts against St. Louis.
The St. Louis Cardinals will look to stay hot after winning 3 straight and 8 of their last 9, completing a second straight sweep of the Cincinnati Reds, including a 9-2 rout in the series finale on Sunday. Paul DeJong led the Cards, going 2 for 5 with a home run and three RBIs, while Greg Garcia added a pinch-hit double and two RBIs and Kolten Wong chipped in a solo homer. Yadier Molina went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI while Dexter Fowler and Tyler O’Neill each added an RBI of their own to round out the scoring for St. Louis in the victory. Jose Martinez added a double, while Harrison Bader went 2 for 4 and Jedd Gyorko contributed a base hit as well in the win. Miles Mikolas improved to 3-0 this season after giving up two runs, one earned, on five hits while striking out six over seven innings of work. Luke Weaver will get the nod in game one and is 2-1 with a 4.22 ERA and 20 strikeouts this season. In his career, Weaver is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 3 strikeouts against New York.
New York is 0-5 in Wheeler’s last 5 starts against the NL Central and 12-5 in their last 17 games overall while the under is 3-1-1 in Wheeler’s last 5 starts overall. St. Louis is 10-3 in Weaver’s last 13 starts and 8-1 in their last 9 games overall while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games against the NL East. New York is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 9-19 in the last 28 meetings in New York.
I know the Cardinals are the hotter team here and have had a lot of success with Weaver on the mound. However, I’m a bit gun shy pulling the trigger on Weaver after giving up six runs in four earned in his last start against an up and down Cubs offense. Wheeler seems to be finding his footing now that he has a spot in the Mets’ rotation, and while New York sputtered against Atlanta, the Mets are due for a breakout performance on offense, so I’ll take a shot at New York and the plus money here.