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(5-6) New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies (6-7)
Date: Monday, April 18, 2016
Time: 7:05 PM ET
Venue: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Projected Pitchers: Noah Syndergaard vs. Jerad Eickhoof
MLB Moneyline Odds: Mets -175, Phillies +161
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Phillies +1.5, -115
MLB Betting Total: 7
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The Phillies may not be at .500 but this start is qualifying as an unmitigated success.
In no universe did pundits have them playing this series against the Mets with more wins in the bank than New York.
The Mets are once again struggling to have any sense of regular offense and that is making it difficult for them to use their advantage on the mound. Its the same old story.
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The Mets are one of the most frustrating teams out there.
Their offense is anemic forcing their very good pitching staff to be perfect. Adding injury to the mix they are likely without catcher Travis D’arnaud for this one.
He had been terrible thus far this season but they need to get something to click on offense and shuttling guys in and out is not going to help. Yoenis Cespedes may be heating up. He has a couple of homers over the weekend.
Of all the Mets aces Syndergaard has been the best by far this season. In fact he has been one of the most dominant starters in the NL thus far.
He has given up just 1ER and has been mowing down hitters with 21 strikeouts in just 13 innings. There is no reason to think he can’t keep that up against a Phillies team that is far from elite at the dish.
New York’s bullpen has been just average this season. They have not been the reason for the team’s struggles but they also have not been a lockdown group. If anything with the stuff their starters have teams look forward to facing them.
One of the few teams with a more pathetic offense than the Mets is Philadelphia, they are averaging less than three runs per game.
Ryan Howard looks no better than he did a year ago but he leads the club with four homers so he is still in the lineup everyday.
Maikel Franco is leading the team in hitting but at .267 he is hardly scaring the NL right now. This lineup is going to struggle all season long. There are just not a lot of MLB calibre hitters.
Thankfully the pitching has been very good and at times spectacular.
Eickhoff has made two starts and pitched well enough to win in both of them.
His last start against San Diego was impressive (relative because the Padres stink) but his performance, along with other your starters, is showing the potential Philly fans are looking for.
The bullpen has been a letdown though and you hope it won’t crush these young guys too much.
They are definitely winning the Ken Giles trade so far but they need some arms to backup their starters.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Over is 6-2 in NYM last 8 games following a win.
- NYM are 19-7 in their last 26 Mon. games.
- NYM are 26-10 in their last 36 road games.
- Over is 8-2-1 in PHI last 11 Mon. games.
- PHI are 8-20 in their last 28 Mon. games.
- Over is 39-18-6 in PHI last 63 home games.
Free New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies MLB Prediction:
The Phillies were a trendy over pick heading into the season and you can see why early, they have some really good starters on that team.
However, I am not sure this is the spot I want to bet against the Mets, with Thor on the mound.
It is not that he is a superhero but that Philly lineup should not be too hard to navigate, even a couple of runs may be enough for the Mets to scrape out a win. Not a ton of value with New York though.
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Philly has delivered a positive return this season but there will be better spots to play them, like after hte Mets rip through town. Don’t forget about the Phillies but today is not the day.
MLB Free Score Prediction: New York 3 – Philadelphia 1
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