New York Mets (15-7) at St. Louis Cardinals (14-9)
|Date & Time||Thursday April 26, 2018, 1:15 PM (EDT)|
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -125 / New York Mets +115 --- Over/Under: 7
The New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals meet Thursday in MLB action at Busch Stadium.
The New York Mets could use a win here after losing six of their last 10 games. The Mets have allowed 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 11 games. The New York Mets have lost six of their last eight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Asdrubal Cabrera leads the Mets with 29 hits and 12 RBI while Todd Frazier and Yoenis Cespedes have combined for 37 hits and 35 RBI. Noah Syndergaard gets the ball, and he is 2-0 with a 3.29 ERA and 39 strikeouts this season. Syndergaard is 1-2 with a 3.79 ERA and 24 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.
The St. Louis Cardinals look to stay red hot after winning nine of their last 11 games. The Cardinals have scored 23 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven straight games. The St. Louis Cardinals are 14-5 this season when scoring at least three runs. Jose Martinez leads the Cardinals with 27 hits and 17 RBI while Yadier Molina and Tommy Pham have combined for 49 hits and 23 RBI. Carlos Martinez gets the ball, and he is 2-1 with a 1.42 ERA and 37 strikeouts this season. Martinez is 3-3 with a 3.08 ERA and 30 strikeouts in his career against the Mets.
The Mets are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series, 7-3 in Syndergaards last 10 road starts and 5-0 in Syndergaards last 5 starts. The Cardinals are 1-4 in their last 5 Thursday games, 4-0 in Martinezs last 4 home starts and 4-0 in Martinezs last 4 starts. The Mets are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and the over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in St. Louis.
It's really hard to turn down plus money with Syndergaard on the hill, but the Cardinals have been swinging a hot bat and that can be the key in a battle between two aces. Also, Martinez is pitching some of his best ball of his life currently, allowing just a .174 batting average this season and hasn't given up a run in his last 13 innings. At home this season in 12 innings, Martinez has an ERA of 0.75 with an allowed batting average of .220. Syndergaard is allowing a .261 batting average on the road this season in 12 innings, and current Cards have four homers against him in 65 at bats. I'm backing the St. Louis Cardinals at home.