Double Play: Syndergaard Too Much for Weak Marlins Lineup

Mark Lathrop

Monday, April 9, 2018 11:43 AM UTC

Monday, Apr. 9, 2018 11:43 AM UTC

MLB handicapper, Mark Lathrop, looks to start the week off right with two plays depending on sharp pitching to cash. Read on as he makes his Monday Picks of the Day.

2018 MLB Record: 11-3-1, +7.84u (2 Pending)

Tampa Bay Rays (4-4 O/U) @ Chicago White Sox (3-4 O/U)Free MLB Pick: Under 8 Runs Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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Chris Archer is hoping to finally get a winning decision on Monday as his Tampa Bay Rays also look to get out of their early-season funk. Archer has been a little unlucky in his first two starts of the season with a .370 BABIP and stellar 2.80 xFIP. His strikeout rates are there, at 11.45 per 9 innings, but he’s faced some great lineups in the Yankees and Red Sox. That won’t be the case against the White Sox, where Archer displays an excellent career WHIP of 1.07 and will face a team currently batting .246 off righty starters. He faced the White Sox twice last year and only gave up 2 earned runs in each game.

The White Sox will counter with righty Miguel Gonzalez who owns a great 2.76 career ERA over the Rays in 16 starts. That stat doesn’t mean much since he hasn’t faced the Rays since 2016, but it should give him needed confidence to face the 4 or 5 Rays batters he will be facing for the first time. Tampa Bay’s bats have also been cold lately where they have only batted .215 against righty starters. Speaking of cold bats, the White Sox will be coming off of a sweep at the hands of Detroit where they only scored one run in the last two games. The weather on Monday afternoon will be very cold with the wind blowing in, so that won’t help the offenses, either. I’ll factor that into my decision to make Under 8 runs here as one of my Monday MLB Picks.

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New York Mets (6-1 SU) @ Miami Marlins (2-6 SU)Free MLB Pick: Mets -1.5Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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The New York Mets are one of the hottest teams in baseball right now and take their hot bats to the heat of Miami, where they will face the lowly Marlins. Miami is struggling mightily against right-handed starters, with a .186 batting average against and putting up only 2.2 runs per game. They’ll face a righty with some of the nastiest stuff in baseball Monday, Noah Syndergaard, who has never taken a losing decision against Miami and owns a career 1.64 ERA and 0.93 WHIP against the division opponents. He’s been very good to start the year with an insane 15.3 K/9 rate and a 1.43 xFIP. He gave up 2 home runs in his first start against St. Louis but has never given up a home run to any batter on the Marlins roster right now.

Jose Urena will take the mound for the Marlins and will need to get control of his hard fastball to have a chance. He has a 4.09 BB/9 rate to start the year along with a 5.98 FIP and 1.36 WHIP. The Mets will be able to put out a lineup on Monday with at least five batters with career averages over .300 against Urena, who has to be nearly perfect to beat Syndergaard. Not too much to analyze here, as the Mets should only need to put up 3 or 4 runs to cover the run line, so I will make that another Monday MLB Pick of the Day.

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