MLB Picks: Bet Mets -165 over Diamondbacks in First 5 Innings

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 12:05 PM GMT

Wednesday, Jul. 3, 2013 12:05 PM GMT

Matt Harvey leads the NL in both ERA and strikeouts this season, as the New York Mets prepare to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday night.


Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this National League matchup at Citi Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Lead is slipping away

Arizona is 42-41 overall this season, but the club is mired in a five-game losing streak, which includes a 9-1 setback to New York as -140 road favorites Tuesday.

The Diamondbacks are leading the Colorado Rockies by 1.5 games in the National League West standings, but just three games separate the five teams in that divisional race. 

Solid baseball 

New York is definitely playing some of its best baseball of the season, as it has won six of its last 10 games, with the offense averaging 4.9 runs over that span.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the Mets are 87-117 at this ballpark, but they’ve produced a 31-29 mark when the betting total is 7 or less in that situation.

Delgado 

Diamondbacks starting pitcher Randall Delgado (0-2, 4.05 ERA) has dropped two consecutive efforts, including a 3-0 road loss to the Atlanta Braves last time out, as he allowed two runs and eight hits over six frames. 

The right-hander is 3-5 with a 4.34 ERA in 13 career road games (11 starts), issuing 29 walks and striking out 48 batters in 58 combined innings.

Delgado earned a 9-3 home win in his only career start against the Mets on April 11, 2012. 

Harvey 

Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (7-1, 2.00 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 6-4 home loss to the Washington Nationals in his last outing, as he allowed just a single run and three hits over seven impressive innings.

The right-hander is 2-1 with a 1.77 ERA in 10 home starts, with opposing hitters batting .176 against him. 

In his MLB debut against the Diamondbacks a season ago, Harvey tossed 5.1 scoreless innings, while striking out first baseman Paul Goldschmidt three times.

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Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Mets in the first five innings as one of their MLB picks Wednesday, as Delgado hasn’t earned a victory in his last nine starts, while the Mets have won the last four meetings in this series when played in the Big Apple. 

MLB Pick:  New York Mets -165 First Five Innings

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