Arizona Diamondbacks (25-17) vs New York Mets (20-18)Date : 05/18/2018
Time : 7:10 PM ET
Location : Citi Field
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Arizona Diamondbacks vs New York Mets
The D-Backs will hit the road as they will take on the Mets at Citi Field, as both teams will be playing in a 3 game series. The D-Backs are hoping to return to the win column again after struggling as of late. The Mets are 8-10 when playing at home while the D-Backs are 11-6 on the road.
Arizona Diamondbacks's Latest Performance :
The D-Backs will start their 9 game road trip on Friday as they will play the Mets in a 3 game series. The D-Backs have an impressive road record at 11-6 this season. The D-Backs are the second best team when it comes to pitching striking out 392 with an ERA of 3.20. Despite the hot series streak, the D-Backs were on earlier this season they have now lost 6 of their last 7 games. The D-Backs will have to cope without their best offensive player AJ Pollock as he is expected to miss four to eight weeks with a fracture in his left thumb. He was slashing .293/.349/.620 with 11 homers and 33 RBIs a huge blow to the potential MVP. Pitcher Zack Grenke came up huge for the D-Backs he allows only one run on four hits across six innings striking out five.
With Pollock out for a while, all eyes will shift to David Peralta to carry the offensive responsibility during AJ absent. He is now slashing .287/.368/.497 with 7 homers and 21 RBIs expect these numbers to double as the season wears on.
Paul Goldschmidt went 1-for-3 with a walk. It is his 27th walk on the year for the first baseman, and he’s on pace to have another triple-digit season; which would be the third in four years. Unfortunately, the hit “raises” his average to just .213, and he’s still slugging just .374. He will have to pick things up real soon because the D-Backs will need someone to fill in AJ scoring load and Paul might be the guy to do it.
Pitching for the D-Backs will be Zack Godley. He is 4-2 with a 4.08 ERA this season. In his last start, he allowed four earned runs including three homers in 6 1/3 innings and received a no-decision vs. the Nationals. He will look to bounce back on the road when playing against the Mets.
New York Mets's Latest Performance :
The Mets will continue their 8 game homestand as they will now host the D-Backs. After a hot start to the season, the Mets have cooled down as they are still looking for answers. Their offense has really struggled in April ranked last in runs and bottom five in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging. They responded in a huge way putting lighting up the board with 12 runs their best offensive outburst in May so far. Scoring 8 runs in the 4th and fifth inning alone. They will hope this batting performance will carry over when they come back home when facing the 2nd best pitching team in the Major the D-Backs.
Juan Lagares went 4-for-5 with a triple and three RBI. He is hitting .357 in 56 at-bats, though that’s come with just two extra-base hits and three walks. He is hoping to replicate this performance when the D-Backs come to visit.
Devin Mesoraco went 2-for-2 with a homer, three walks and four runs scored. He had a scored two runs in 54 at-bats this season. It was very rare to see a catcher scoring 4 runs in a game, let’s hope he can find some consistency as the season progress because the Mets are desperately seeking offense from anywhere they can find.
Pitching for the Mets will be Jacob deGrom. He will be returning from a hyperextended right elbow, deGrom threw 45 pitches in a scoreless first inning, stranding the bases loaded in Philadelphia. It was enough of a workload that the Mets removed him from the game as a precaution. He will get another opportunity on against the D-Backs. He hasn’t dropped a game this season he is 3-0 with an ERA of 1.83.
How Arizona Diamondbacks & New York Mets Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Mets are 7-3 in their last 10 when their opponent scores 2 runs or less in their previous game.
Diamondbacks are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record.
Against The Spread Selection: Arizona Diamondbacks
My reason for the pick :
With both teams struggling to score this game will end up in a very low scoring affair. The reason why I picked the D-Backs over the Mets is that of how the team is playing on the road compared to how the Mets are at home. The D-Backs stars will beat the Mets at home that means expect a great game from Peralta and Goldschmidt as the D-Backs will get back on track and potentially starting another streak.
D-Backs to beat the Mets on the road.
Betting trends for Arizona Diamondbacks:
- Diamondbacks are 1-4 in their last 5 when their opponent scores 2 runs or less in their previous game.
Betting trends for New York Mets:
- Mets are 1-6 in their last 7 home games.