Joe C. Record: 66-78 -33.86 Units
The Mets and Zack Wheeler came through for us yesterday, but the Dodgers offset the win by losing to Pittsburgh. Yesterday was pretty much a push. No harm, no foul. Let’s look at Friday’s games, which have a lot more to offer.
New York Mets (25-28) at Philadelphia Phillies (23-28): This Isn’t CitiField
I’m going right back to this matchup, as I think that the Mets are a very misunderstood baseball team. If you put Troy Tulowitzki and the hard-hitting Colorado Rockies in CitiField as their home field, the Rockies production would take a dramatic drop.
We’re starting to see that the Mets find it much easier to hit home runs on the road, as they did yesterday in a 4-1 victory over Philly.
Chris Young, who has had a disaster of a season, found it much easier to hit at Citizens Bank Park as he was 2 for 4 with a home run and two runs batted in. Even the announcers Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling (who were part of the Mets 1986 championship team), said that a home run hit late in the game by Marlon Byrd, would’ve been an out in CitiField.
Point being, although a great place to pitch, the Mets don’t get the advantages that most other teams get and their offense isn’t as bad as people think.
With the switching of the batting coaches, New York hasn’t lost a game and even though the Phillies have the advantage in starting pitching tonight in A.J. Burnett (3-4, 3.51) vs. Rafael Montero (0-2, 4.96), Burnett can be very inconsistent. Look for the Mets to continue to carry the momentum that they’ve had over the last few games.
Free MLB Pick: Mets +115 at 5 Dimes
Chicago Cubs (19-32) at Milwaukee Brewers (32-22): The Brew Crew Is Back
The difference this season has been Milwaukee’s pitching, but the top half of their offense has certainly been reliable as they hold down the top spot in the National League Central Division. Tonight, Milwaukee faces the lowly Chicago Cubs, but a tough starter in Travis Wood (5-4, 4.35).
Travis would has turned around his season as he’s won his last 3 starts to go above the .500 mark. He’s done this fairly convincingly on a Cubs team that gives their pitcher very little run support.
In his last 2 starts, Wood has allowed just 4 runs and 5 hits in 14 1/3 innings pitched. Tonight, he’ll be tested as the Brewers contain the likes of Carlos Gomez (11 HR, 30 RBI, 10 SB, .323), Jonathan Lucroy (2 HR, 22 RBI, .326), Ryan Braun (7 HR, 23 RBI, .315) and a red hot Jean Segura (2 HR, 14 RBI, .266).
Segura’s production might look average at best, but he’s been on fire as of late. Before yesterday, he was 13 for 36 with 7 runs scored. Even though Ryan Braun has always been the star of this Brewers team, Carlos Gomez has taken over as the go-to-guy as he’s been the enemy of many opponents with his admiration of his moonshoots.
The Brewers quickly moved Gomez back in the order to give him more opportunities to knock in runs and he’s delivered with flying colors. Look for these group of Brewers players that I mentioned, with Gomez leading the way, to take advantage of any mistakes that Travis Wood makes.
The Brewers, who have won 2 straight games and are the play against the bottom-feeding Cubbies and their non-existent offense.
Free MLB Pick: Milwaukee -155 at 5 Dimes sportsbooks as one of Friday's MLB picks.