It’s Matt Harvey night at CitiField as the Miami Marlins (16-44) travel north to face the New York Mets (23-33).
It would take a minor miracle to get this game off, but let’s see who we like for our baseball picks if this game is dragged out.
First pitch is set for 7:10 pm ET tonight at CitiField in Flushing, New York. This game can be seen on the SNY Channel and MLB TV.
Bet 365 Sportsbook lists the Mets as a heavy -200 betting odds favorite and the total for the game is 6.5.
WEATHER ALERT: Being a local resident, it’s only fair to warn you that flash flood alerts are out until 2:00 pm ET on Saturday. This doesn’t look good, but I’ve seen stranger things happen before.
David Wright is supposed to be labeled as “The Franchise” for the Mets as he signed a big contract, but don’t let anyone fool you, it’s Matt Harvey. Even in games where Harvey has had a bit of trouble, he always finds a way to minimize the damage and keep New York in the game.
On the season, Harvey is 5-0 with a 2.17 ERA. He’s coming off of a lucky no-decision against these same Marlins in which he allowed 4 runs and 10 hits in 5 innings, but this is a rarity and look for hime to come back strong whenever this game is played.
The Mets will be well rested and are coming off of a 10-1 victory over the Washington Nationals in which David Wright went deep and Marlon Byrd had 2 home runs.
People overlooked Byrd as he was looked at as role player that little was expected from this season. Thus far, Byrd has been effective with the bat, smacking 8 home runs and driving in 28 runs. With the way that Ike Davis has been playing, someone has had to fill the void and Byrd has done a decent job in doing so.
2 In a Row?
Marlins starter Jose Fernandez (3-3, 3.34) is looking to duplicate his most recent performance in which he blanked the Mets in 7 innings pitched.
Fernandez pitched 7 innings on the June 1st against the Metropolitans and allowed a mere 3 hits. He plays on a team that’s 28 games under .500, has little payroll, and little offense. Fernandez has a tall order in duplicating his past performance against the Mets with Matt Harvey facing him.
Miami has also gotten their rest. In their last game on Wednesday, they lost 6-1 to Cole Hamels and the Phillies. Hamels improved his record to a pathetic 2-9 and the Marlins looked like they had nothing in the tank.
Harvey had a bit of trouble in his last outing and the moneyline is very high. That said, I still expect the Mets to blow the Marlins out of the water. (no pun intended). Take the Amazin’s and the runline.