The lines are even more in San Francisco's favor tonight, with sportsbooks listing odds in and around -150, with some sites going as high as -160. The Mets are there for the taking at +135 to +140, while we've got a very low total of 6.5 on the board.
New York Mets (Colon)
The Mets got another solid start out of Jonathon Niese last night, but offensively they couldn't get anything going against Matt Cain, who was terrific in his return from injury.
Now it's 41-year old Bartolo Colon's turn in the rotation, with the right-hander having gone 5-5 with a 4.52 ERA and 1.28 WHIP on the season so far.
Despite the shaky overall numbers, Colon has looked quite sharp over his last three starts. In those 22 and 1/3 innings of work, he's allowed a grand total of 16 hits and four earned runs, while striking out 19 and walking only five. Colon picked up a winning decision in all three outings.
Unfortunately for the veteran, he's struggled majorly on the road in 2014, going 3-3 with a 5.89 ERA in seven starts.
We'll have to see if Colon can shrug off those troubles to keep his quality start streaking going. His team could most certainly use it, considering New York has now lost four consecutive games to drop to 28-33 overall.
San Francisco Giants (Hudson)
It took a while, but the Giants eventually got their offense going late, with three combined runs in the bottom of the seventh and eighth innings leading to a 4-2 win in the series opener.
Matt Cain, despite allowing only three hits and two runs over seven innings, wasn't able to get a winning decision, yet San Francisco has to be thrilled with what they got in what was his first start in over two weeks.
That's now three straight wins for the Giants, who have gone 12-3 over their last 15 to improve their MLB-best record to 40-21.
With Tim Hudson set to start, San Francisco must be feeling good about their chances of extending their lead in the NL West even more.
Hudson has been brilliant, going 6-2 with a 1.75 ERA and 0.87 WHIP through 11 starts. The right-hander is 4-0 with a 2.13 ERA in five appearances at home and has fared well against the Mets throughout his career. This is another matchup that sets up nicely for the 38-year old.
We have to keep rolling with the Giants.
In addition to having played great baseball all season long, Hudson has been amazing for his new ballclub and we don't see him faltering at home tonight.
Throw in the fact Colon, in spite of his better performances of late, has been a disaster away from Citi Field and we feel we have no choice but to take San Francisco with our sports picks. Hudson has been far more reliable and consistent throughout 2014.
In order to get better value and to play it a little safer, we'll back the Giants on the -1 run-line, available at even money at 5Dimes.
MLB Pick: Giants -1 (+100)