MLB Betting: NY Mets vs. St. Louis Cardinals odds and picks

Jeff Grant

Monday, June 16, 2014 12:12 PM GMT

Monday, Jun. 16, 2014 12:12 PM GMT

The St. Louis Cardinals have struggled to hit the ball out of the yard this season, which provides the New York Mets a ton of value Monday night. Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this National League matchup at Busch Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.


Trying to String Something Together
New York hasn’t won back-to-back games since May 31-June 2, as it comes off a 3-1 victory over the San Diego Padres as +115 home underdogs Sunday, while going UNDER the betting total for the fourth time in five contests.

The Mets are 4-12 in their last 16 games at this venue—allowing the Cardinals to hit a collective .299 over that span. MLB handicappers will find that the club is 6-7 as road underdogs of +125 to +150 this season, with the OVER going 7-2-4 in that situation.


Brought out the Broom
St. Louis finished off a three-game home sweep of the Washington Nationals with a 5-2 victory yesterday afternoon, while going UNDER the betting total for the eighth time in nine affairs.

The Cardinals’ 40 round trippers are the fewest in the Senior Circuit, but they’ve managed to leave the yard eight times over their last seven contests. Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is a pedestrian 34-34 in the month of June.


deGrom
Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (0-3, 3.44 ERA) has watched the team drop five of his six efforts, including a 3-1 home victory over the Milwaukee Brewers last Wednesday—surrendering three runs and nine hits over 5.2 innings of work.

The right-hander hasn’t earned a decision in a compiling a 5.56 ERA in two road outings, with opposing hitters batting .195 against him.

deGrom will be facing the Cardinals for the first time in his career.


Martinez
Carlos Martinez (0-3, 4.67 ERA) will step out of the Cardinals bullpen for the first time this season, with manager Mike Matheny likely limiting him to 50-60 pitches.

The right-hander is 0-1 with a 4.02 ERA in 14 home appearances—issuing eight walks and striking out 17 batters. In two lifetime outings versus the Mets, Martinez has tossed 1.1 scoreless innings.

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Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Mets as one of their MLB picks, as the Cardinals are 9-11 as home favorites of -125 to -175 during the 2014 campaign.
MLB Betting Pick:  New York Mets

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