Mets vs. White Sox MLB Pick – July 31st, 2019

The New York Mets have been given new life with the acquisition of Marcus Stroman from the Blue Jays. Does the deal make much sense? Not really, but what did the Mets give up? Not much at all. They didn’t even have to give up a top-100 prospect, so when you like at it like that, the Mets couldn’t pass up on Stroman there.

It isn’t like the Chris Archer for Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows deal, where the Pirates gave up way too much for Archer. The Pirates were sort of in the same position that the Mets are right now. No guarantees of going to the postseason and most likely it’s not going to happen. Pittsburgh of course didn’t go to the postseason and are stuck with Archer’s contract now.

The Mets rode 3 runs in the 10th inning to secure a 5-2 win Tuesday night. Jeff McNeil came through and led the Mets with 2 RBI’s on the evening. Syndergaard spun a beautiful game, as he allowed no earned runs across 7.1 innings of play. That may very well be his last game as a Met, but recent reports are suggesting that the asking price may be too high for him.

The Mets are not making it easy on other teams to trade for him at an affordable price. It doesn’t seem like they’re going to pull a Blue Jays and send him on his way for almost free. Teams will be able to acquire Zack Wheeler for cheaper, but he is not as talented as Syndergaard.

It’d take a jaw dropping offer to part ways with Jacob deGrom, who has found his Cy Young groove recently. DeGrom might be the one untouchable in the rotation. He will see the bump this evening against Lucas Giolito and the White Sox. Head below for our free Mets vs. White Sox pick.

N.Y. Mets vs. Chicago White Sox Pick:

Betting Odds:

  • Moneyline: Mets -165/White Sox +140
  • O/U: 8

Pitching Matchup:

  • Jacob deGrom (6-7, 2.86 ERA)
  • Lucas Giolito (11-5, 3.52 ERA)

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It hasn’t been a picture perfect season for Jacob deGrom, he will be the first person to tell you that this season could have gone much better. He’s getting more run support in 2019, but he’s regressed from his Cy Young accolades. Mind you, there are countless pitchers out there who would be absolutely thrilled to go into August with an ERA below 3.00. DeGrom has been settling in and been looking more like himself recently, though.

He goes into Wednesday with a 0.47 ERA in his last three outings. In his previous 14 innings pitched, deGrom has posted a donut with no runs allowed. He’s also allowed 2 or less runs in 11 of his last 12 outings, so those are Cy Young numbers.

There have been three outlier starts earlier in the season that have skewed his numbers north and that’s how he lands a 2.86 ERA instead of something better. The White Sox have been able to do nothing against deGrom, as they’ve posted a .188 batting average and no runs scored. Even better for deGrom, Yoan Moncada, is dealing with a sore hamstring and is questionable to play.

Lucas Giolito will dig his toes into the rubber for the White Sox in this one. Giolito was on fire and was an early Cy Young candidate in the American League. He has since regressed, but is still pitching well. Giolito enters this one with an ERA of 3.52 and 1.12 WHIP. It wasn’t a pretty effort for him against the Twins in his most recent start, though.

He got rocked for 7 earned runs in 5 innings of work. Although, every time he’s pitched that poorly, Giolito has been able to bounce back in the next outing and pitch well. Note that the UNDER has gone 4-1 in his last five starts. In the Mets and White Sox previous five meetings, the UNDER is 4-1. Expect a low-scoring contest with a final score of 4-3 or 4-2 on Wednesday.

The Bet
UNDER 8
Kyle E / Author

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