Cincinnati Reds vs New York Mets MLB Pick – July 31

The MLB is set up with another action packed day of baseball on July 31. Fifteen games are up on the board throughout Saturday. One of these matchups will be between the Cincinnati Reds and the New York Mets. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will throw the first pitch at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.

Cincinnati has earned a record of 55-49 throughout this season, which has them in second place of the NL Central. The Reds are seven games back on the top seeded Brewers and four and a half games back on the wild card spot. Cincinnati has won four games in a row entering this matchup. The Reds will look to keep it going with another big win in this one.

The Mets have put up a record of 54-48 so far this season, which has them in the top spot of the NL East. New York has a three and a half game lead on the Philadelphia Phillies. The Mets have lost their last two games and will look to bounce back. I expect New York to come out strong as they try to earn a big win on Saturday night.

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a huge win on Saturday. The Reds are trying to catch a wild card spot, while New York is trying to extend their lead on the division. Cincinnati has won four in a row entering this one, while the Mets have dropped their last two. If either team can come out hot early, it could be enough for the win.

Previous Matchups

The Reds and the Mets have met up four times this season. The three games were in Cincinnati between July 19 and 21. Michael Conforto hit two home runs in the first game as New York was able to earn a big 15-11 win. Jonathan India, Joey Votto and Aristides Aquino all homered in the second meeting as the Reds won 4-3. Dominic Smith hit a grand slam in the third matchup as the Mets won 7-0.

New York hosted the most recent matchup on July 30. Jeff McNeil and Brandon Drury both hit RBI doubles on the night, but it was not enough. Jonathan India homered twice, while Joey Votto stayed hot with a home run as well. Sonny Gray earned the win on the mound. He gave up five hits and one run through six innings.

These two teams have split the first four games of the season. The Mets are coming off a tough loss against Cincinnati and will look to bounce back in this one. The Reds were able to pull away in the ninth inning on Friday night. If either team can get the bats going early on Saturday night, it could be enough for the win in this one.

Batting

Cincinnati has been solid at bat throughout this season. The Reds have hit in 486 RBI’s on the season, which is 6th in the MLB. Cincinnati has also gone deep 134 times, which is 8th in the league. The Reds have struggled defensively this season. Cincinnati has allowed their opponents to score 514 runs, which is 24th in the MLB.

The Mets have struggled with the bats in their hands so far this season. New York has earned 376 RBI’s, which is 29th in the league. The Mets have hit 111 home runs as well on nth season, which is 24th in the MLB. New York has been great on the mound and in the field this season. The Mets have given up 393 runs to opposing teams, which is 4th in the league.

These two teams have been good on different sides of the field throughout this season. The Reds have been the better team with the bats in their hands, while New York has been the better team on the mound. The Mets will look for their bullpen to step up after giving up a lot of runs late. Cincinnati will look to get some hits early to shake this New York team.

Pitching Preview

I expect Wade Miley to get the start on the mound for the Reds in this one. Miley has earned a record of 8-4 throughout his 18 starts this season. He has posted a 2.86 ERA and a WHIP of 1.24 in those games played. Miley’s last start was against the Chicago Cubs where he gave up seven hits and three runs through four and a third innings.

Rich Hill will likely to get the nod at pitcher for New York on Saturday night. Hill has started in 20 games this season, going 6-4 throughout those matchups. He has put up an ERA of 3.95 and a 1.18 WHIP in those starts. Hill pitched five innings in his last start against the Toronto Blue Jays. He gave up five hits and three runs.

These two pitchers have been solid throughout this season. Cincinnati has a slight edge with Miley getting the start on the mound. Hill has been solid as well though and will look to dominate against the Reds on Saturday. If either pitcher can control the zone early though, I think it will be enough for the win on Saturday.

Pick Overview

These two teams have put up very similar records throughout this season, which should lead to an exciting game on Saturday. The Reds were able to grab a big win to open up this set, but I think New York can tie it up with a win in this one. I think the Mets will get some more run support with Javier Baez entering the lineup, which will give them the edge.

BetOnline has New York listed as a -122 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Mets will win this game around 55 percent of the time. I think that this line is about right with how New York has played as of late. Cincinnati is hot entering this matchup, but I think the Mets will grab the win at home. I am taking New York as slight favorites in this one.

The Bet
New York Mets
-122
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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