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2021 MLB Handicapping
(75-69) St. Louis Cardinals vs. New York Mets (72-74)
Date: Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Time: 7:10 PM ET
Venue: Citi Field
Projected Pitchers: Jon Lester vs. Tylor Megill
MLB Moneyline Odds: Cardinals +135 / Mets -150
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Cardinals +1.5 -150 / Mets -1.5 +140
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U 8.5
The Cardinals and Mets finish up their 3-game set on Wednesday night at Citi Field with the Cards going for the sweep. As underdogs in the first two games of the series, the Cardinals find themselves as big dogs for a third consecutive night on Wednesday in New York. ( I hope you enjoyed my +150 Cards offer last night too!)
The Mets set an MLB record with their 9th straight 1-run loss on Tuesday night and have played a league-leading 59 1-run games in 2021.
Can we give it up for home plate umpire Junior Valentine who still called balls and strikes after taking a stray throw on the cheek last night?! With a rosy right cheek and shiner under the eye, Valentine could have easily taken the night off but he manned up and to that we say… Well done, sir! Ed Hickox is the likely home plate umpire for tonight’s game according to the rotation.
The Cards will send Jon Lester to the bump on Wednesday with his 5 – 6 record and 4.75 ERA on the year. Check the weather because if there is any type of breeze at Citi Field, Lester could always add to that 20 HR allowed in 2021.
The Mets will throw Tylor Megill to the slab on Wednesday as he comes off another stellar outing. Megill struck out 10 Yankees in the Mets’ 10 – 3 win in the first game of last weekend’s big series with their cross-town rivals. Megill, however, has been bitten by the long ball in each of his last 3 outings and has allowed 15 of his own bombs this season.
Might we see some balls going buh-bye in this season-closing series with the Cards and Mets that also have playoff implications? Let’s see… Oh, and the Braves, Phillies, and Reds all lost tonight so the winner of this game really enjoyed the night.
St. Louis Cardinals
Jake Woodford only lasted 4 innings on Tuesday without a single strikeout to his credit. Woodford walked 2 and gave up 2 earned in a no-decision outing.
Daniel Ponce de Leon continued to struggle with his control, as he loaded the bases on walks in the 5th inning (including the pitcher, Marcu Stroman to lead off the inning). Luckily, the Mets were only able to convert it into 1 run in a 2 – 2 game at the time. Ponce de Leon and Molina really got into it in the dugout after the inning came to a close.
You could see Molina was visibly pissed off and pointing his finger in his face and then Molina grounded to second and basically jogged to first still irate.
As the players settled them both down, the Cards put together a nice rally in the 7th against Familia that led to them taking a 4 – 3 lead.
The Cardinals are in the thick of the playoff conversation as each day goes on and a sweep in this series would be large. Picking up momentum in September is what separates the pretenders from the contenders.
Jon Lester has got to make sure he keeps the ball in the park tonight, although the power numbers for the Mets are certainly down lately. Alonso has not seen anything well lately and Conforto has cooled off again. Other than the 3-HR night for Lindor against the Yanks the other night, the bats for the Mets are not together. Lester has to make sure this is his best outing of the season because he might not get a playoff appearance should he get torched tonight.
Jonathan Villar loves to bat leadoff, and he showed why again on Tuesday night. Villar came up with an infield hit to start the Mets off in the 1st inning bringing his 1st OBP to a ridiculous .532. Villar scored the first run of the night after Lindor singled him to third and Conforto singled him in to make it 1 – 0 in the 1st.
Baez singled in Lindor after the Polar Bear grounded into his first of two double plays on the night.
The Polar Bears in Antarctica are built for the cold, but Pete Alonso is not built for the iceberg he has become lately. Alonso entered Tuesday night’s game 0 for his last 16 plate appearances and his hardships continued into Tuesday night’s game. Alonso got up in the 1st inning with men on and a chance to give the Mets a lead but he grounded into a double play.
Pete got up in the 3rd inning with men on base again and he repeated the feat with a double play to end the inning again. With 2 men on in the 5th inning, Alonso chased a ball out of the zone and ended the inning striking out. Oh, the bat Alonso was using? Yeah, it is firewood somewhere now after he broke it in half over his knee in frustration.
Alonso ended the night 1 for 5 with an RBI double after his knock in the 11th that knocked in Lindor to break his eventual 0 for 20 stretch.
Marcus Stroman went 6 IP with 8 Ks leaving the game with a 3 – 2 lead throwing 89 pitches on the night. Stroman made his 4th consecutive solid outing with a no-decision after Familia gave up a 3 – 2 lead in the 8th inning. A 2-run HR off the bat of Tyler O Neill, who really needs to work out a little, deflated the Citi Field crowd.
The Dude is built like a brick shit house and that power paid off to make it 4 – 3 Cards in the top of the 8th. The ball literally screamed through the air as it made its way to the left-field seats!
Baez came up huge in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the game at 4 – 4 with a line drive shot that just cleared the orange line on the left-field wall. He waited for a first-pitch fastball strike and he got one to drive! Baez got on base 5 times on Tuesday night and got a standing ovation taking a curtain call from the NY crowd after his HR tied the game.
Jeff McNeil still can’t hit and is 0 for 9 in the series. When does Dom Smith get his chance to help this team again? No one playing in left has seemed to be able to contribute anything solid in 2021. Dom Smith came on in the 9th to PH but has now gone 125 AB without a homer dating back to July 21 in Cincinnati. Oh, he struck out again if you were wondering how he did in his PH AB with the game on the line in the 9th.
Side notes: Mets took their 2021 team photo at Citi Field before Tuesday’s game.
Noah Syndergaard is expected to throw a live-batting session this week, as he still hopes to make it back in 2021 at some capacity.
Jacob deGrom threw 10 pitches on the mound as he hopes to at least make one more start in the regular season.
The Mets have easily played the most 1-run games in MLB now having gone 28 – 31 with 59 tilts decided by a run.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Cardinals are 7-2 in their last 9 during game 3 of a series.
- Cardinals are 13-5 in their last 18 road games.
- Cardinals are 5-1 in their last 6 games as an underdog.
- Over is 4-1 in the Cardinals’ last 5 Wednesday games.
- Cardinals are 9-3 in the last 12 meetings with the Mets.
- Over is 10-3-2 in the last 15 meetings.
Free St. Louis Cardinals vs. New York Mets MLB Prediction:
I like the Cards to bust out the broom and take this 3-game set in fashion along with the total to go over the number.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Cards ML +135
The play is once again the Cardinals with plus money on the board!
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