Mets to Get Better of Brewers on Friday the 13th

steven matz

Willie Bee

Friday, April 13, 2018 1:06 PM GMT

Friday, Apr. 13, 2018 1:06 PM GMT

There’s no triskaidekaphobia here as our handicapper doggedly pursues a winning baseball pick for Friday’s series opener between the Mets and Brewers.

Milwaukee Brewers (7-6 SU, 6-7 O/U) at New York Mets (10-1 SU, 5-6 O/U)Free MLB Pick: MetsBest Line Offered: Heritage

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Baseball players are known for being a superstitious lot, which means New York infielder Asdrubal Cabrera might be the only player at Citi Field looking forward to Friday’s series opener between the Mets and Milwaukee Brewers.

Cabrera, who got off to a hot start by hitting safely in his first 10 games, will be the only player in either dugout wearing No. 13 when the Brewers and Mets begin a set on Friday the 13th. It’s the 13th game for New York, and Steven Matz (0-1, 3.00) has the honor of delivering the 7:10 PM (ET) first pitch. Milwaukee comes in having played 13 games and sends Zach Davies (0-1, 5.40) to the mound. Both teams took Thursday off, and the consensus at top sportsbooks is a -125 money line on the Mets with 8½ for the scoreboard hurdle.

Brew Crew +4.65 Units On Road

Craig Counsell’s club just took 2 of 3 in St. Louis and has proven to be more dangerous on the road than at home with a 5-1 record away from Milwaukee to currently trail the NL Central-leading Pirates by 2½ games. New York has won 8 straight after just completing a perfect 6-0 road trip through Washington and Miami. Winners of 4 straight series to open 2018, the Mets lead the NL East by 3½ games over Atlanta.

Both starting pitchers tonight were knocked around in their season debuts only to bounce back with quality efforts their second time out. St. Louis shelled Davies for seven runs (6 earned) in 5.2 innings before he responded with a 6-inning, 1-run showing with eight strikeouts against the Cubs last Saturday. The Cardinals also roughed Matz up on Easter (4 IP, 3 ER) prior to the lefty tossing five frames and allowing just one unearned run to the Nationals. The Mets have been underdogs on the MLB odds in each of Matz’s starts.

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Series Trends, Mother Nature & A Free Pick

The Mets have a 74-60 advantage over the Brewers all-time, all of the meetings since Milwaukee shifted to the NL in 1998. The last 20 clashes have been split, though that needs a disclaimer with both teams winning 5 of 7 the last two seasons. It was the Brewers’ turn to pull that off in 2017, sweeping three at home and halving a 4-game set in Flushing. The two sides check in with the slightest of ‘under’ leans this season, and just to bring the number 13 back once more, totals are 4-7-2 O/U/P the last 13 in New York.

Clear skies are in store for tonight’s collision, the thermometer sitting in the mid-60s with a light breeze out of the south. My free baseball pick will be to simply follow the red-hot Mets.

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