The Wednesday MLB slate is split with four games set for this afternoon and another 11 on tap for this evening. For tonight’s featured pick, we head out to the Big Apple for the second of three for a pair of interleague squads.
The Cleveland Indians are in New York to square off with the Mets. The visitors will be looking to even the score after the hosts picked up a seven-run win in the series opener on Tuesday. The Mets enter tonight’s game having won three in a row and four of the last five, while the Indians check-in at 2-3 over that span.
It should be an interesting battle between two clubs battling for playoff positioning in their respective leagues. Let’s take a look at this contest in full detail, starting with the game line.
Cleveland Indians vs. New York Mets, 7:10 PM EST, MLBN
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Indians vs. Mets Pick:
This series opened up last night with a 9-2 win for New York. Steven Matz fanned seven batters over 6.1 innings while allowing a single earned run to get the win. Michael Conforto was among the offensive stars for the Mets with a two-run shot in the 6th inning.
Over the weekend, Cleveland was on the other side of New York for a four-game set with the Yankees. They earned a split in the set, taking the opener and finale while dropping the middle two games. On Sunday, it was an 8-4 win behind a 10 strikeout performance from Mike Clevinger.
The Mets spent the weekend in Kansas City for three with the Royals. After falling in the opener by a score of 4-1, they bounced back to win the final two games by a combined 15-6. The bats were alive for the finale, as New York pounded out 16 hits as part of an 11-run barrage.
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This series closes out a seven-game road swing for the Indians. They’re 2-3 thus far and stand at 35-26 in road contests for the year. The club has been solid at home as well with a record of 39-26 to date. They head home after this series for three with the Royals before hitting the road again.
The team is 4-6 over its last 10 games and 3-2 for its last five series. Cleveland has a three- and a four-game winning streak under its belt for the month of August. The team’s run differential is +91, which is 6th in the American League.
The Indians are three games back of the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central, and currently, hold down a Wild Card spot. The Mets are nine games back in the NL East, but just two games behind in the chase for one of the NL’s Wild Card berths.
This set opens up a nine-game homestand for the Mets. They’re 35-21 at home and 30-39 on the road for the season. The club is 6-4 over its last 10 games and 4-1 for its last five series. The team ripped off an eight-game winning streak earlier this month. The run differential stands at +23, which is in the middle of the pack in the NL.
The offenses are pretty close overall and have been producing similar results of late as well. Francisco Lindor is batting .298 to lead Cleveland. Carlos Santana is tops on the team with 29 homers and 78 RBIs. Jeff McNeil is batting .332 to lead the way for the Mets. Pete Alonso is the team leader with 40 dongs and 97 ribbies. He set the all-time NL rookie HR record with his 40th bomb of the year in Sunday’s win over the Royals.
Plutko has 13 total appearances and 12 starts on the year. He has wins in two of his last three outings. Last time out, he gave up three earned runs over six innings to get the victory over the Yankees. The record may not reflect it, but Stroman is pitching well this season. He came over from the Toronto Blue Jays at the trade deadline. For his last game, he gave up two earned runs over 5.1 innings in a win over the Atlanta Braves.
Cleveland has one of the best bullpens in all of MLB and the clear advantage when the relievers get involved in this series. Plutko has lasted five innings or more for his last six games in a row. Stroman has pitched five innings or more for eight of his last 10 outings.
This series will be the only time these two clubs hook up in the regular season. New York holds a 1-0 advantage so far with the set closing out tomorrow night.
The Mets have turned things around dramatically since the All-Star break and enter tonight’s tilt riding a three-game winning streak. The Indians have hit a bit of a rough patch while dropping two of their last three.
While Plutko has wins in two of his last three, he has also given up eight earned runs over that span. In his three starts for the Mets, Stroman has allowed a total of nine earned runs. The pitching matchup is in range, but the New York bats have been humming over the last two games.
We’ll look for that to continue tonight and go with the Mets to get the win.