Giants vs. Mets MLB Pick – August 23rd

A good win for the Mets last night, as they rode a strong performance behind Noah Syndergaard. When the offense is hitting, the Mets do not have a bad team with the 1-2-3 punch of deGrom, Syndergaard, and Wheeler. Those three alone could carry a team into the postseason, but they need a little bit of help with some run support. They weren’t getting that in the first-half, but the bats have finally been coming around for the Mets recently.

It doesn’t mean anything, they already dug a hole way too big to get out of, but it’s a positive sign for the Mets. Maybe if they decide not to get started so late offensively, they’re going to be in the race to reach the postseason. I really wouldn’t want to be a team that has to face this pitching combo in a postseason series.

The Mets hit three long balls in the victory last night. That’ll get the job done when Syndergaard is on the bump. This will be the tenth game on this lengthy road trip for the Giants. The offense has not been working for them on this trip. The most runs they’ve scored is back in the first-game on the road, a 5-2 win against the Dodgers.

With the offense sputtering, the Giants have gone just 3-6, two of those wins coming vs the Dodgers. Everything was looking up after they nearly swept their rivals. Things went astray follow that, though, with only one win which came in extras against the Mets. The Giants scored on a botched play in the outfield, so that wasn’t the prettiest of wins, either. deGrom will get the start for the Mets this afternoon, while the Giants will look to Madison Bumgarner to keep pace. Head below for our free Giants vs. Mets pick.

San Francisco Giants vs. N.Y. Mets Pick

Madison Bumgarner (4-5, 3.05 ERA) vs. Jacob deGrom (8-7, 1.71 ERA)

This is a nice looking pitching matchup on paper. With Bumgarner and deGrom looking at a duel, it should be an entertaining game if you like pitching. The UNDER looks attractive, but there isn’t much leeway with a total of 6.5 and Bumgarner hasn’t shown that lights out instinct he’s had in the past. Bumgarner enters with a solid 3.05 ERA, but has shown some bad as well.

He is coming off a rough outing, allowing 8 hits and 6 runs to the Cincinnati Reds. Bumgarner left with 100 pitches under his belt after only 6 innings on the mound. The road has been tricky for him in 2018. He has been electric at home but has faced issues when leaving the Bay Area. Bumgarner holds a 4.70 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, and .360 OBA on the road. He’s allowed 6 long balls compared to only 2 at home.

It hasn’t mattered much where deGrom is pitching, because he’s delivered at a high-level in any setting. He’s a touch better at home, though, posting an ERA of 1.60 and 0.88 WHIP at home compared to 1.85 on the road. His numbers have been flawless in his last three outings, with a 0.83 ERA and 0.88 WHIP. deGrom hasn’t allowed a long ball since August 3rd, four starts ago against the Braves. He’s allowed only 5 runs in his last five starts at Citi Field. Note that the Giants have averaged only 1.8 runs per game during this road trip. I can’t see them waking up against an arm like deGrom. In 102 at-bats, the Mets are hitting .235 against Bumgarner. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but it should be enough to let deGrom operate and the Mets provide enough runs in support. I give deGrom the edge in this matchup of elite hurlers on Thursday.

The Bet: METS (-145)

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