NY Mets (54-64, -6.4 units)
It looked as though the Mets would salvage the final game of their three-game set with the NL West leading Dodgers but alas it was not to be, as LA stormed back from their four run deficit to win 5-4 in the 12th inning.
New York now looks to their road warrior Zack Wheeler to right their sinking ship, if at least for a night. Wheeler has been good lately, but superb all year when he takes to the highway. He is 4-0 with a 2.21 ERA in hostile environments and that's exactly where he'll be this evening when the Mets continue their Western road swing.
Wheeler is holding host hitters to a .206 batting average which is welcome news for Mets fans because tonight they are opposed by one of the weakest hitting teams in the National League. The Padres are collectively hitting .244 but while that may inspire a play on New York for our MLB picks, let's not forget that the Mets are faring even worse at the plate averaging a paltry .239 team batting average.
San Diego Padres (54-66, -2.1 units)
The Padres dropped the rubber game of a three-game set with the Rockies last night as their power outage continued in their 4-2 loss. San Diego has now lost six of their last eight games and nothing is going right offensively. They are averaging 2.75 runs per game over that span and if it were not for a seven run outburst in their victory over the Rockies on Tuesday night that number would be considerably smaller.
San Diego hopes Tyson Ross will lead them to victory and continue his rapid improvement in the big leagues. Ross held the Cincinnati Reds to one run and scattered just four hits in a 3-1 San Diego win on Saturday night. After spending time in the bullpen this season Ross has been tapped as a starter and will face the Mets for the first time in his career. According to reports the 26-year-old righty has incorporated a devastating changeup into his arsenal which is keeping batters from zeroing in on his slider and cut fastball. He will need to be as sharp as possible because his team has not given their pitchers any offensive support.
These two teams have not met since they opened up the season against each other back in April. The Mets won the series 2-1 but that might as well have been five years ago as the baseball season is so long and teams can change drastically from beginning to end (just ask the Dodgers). But at least these teams had hope at the beginning of the year, however that has evaporated like a summer rain.
So, what do we do here with two teams that can't hit and can't win? Can they both lose? I'm not sure but it's difficult to pick a side when the Mets lost last night and had to hop a plane from LA to San Diego while the Padres licked their own wounds and boarded a plane of their own to take them from Denver back to Petco.
We know that both these teams have an aversion to scoring and the projected starters for tonight's affair have been rolling. I will let someone else throw a dart and pick a side for their sports picks, but I am sticking fast to the total in this one. I see another long night for the hitters and a good spot for the pitchers.
As I peruse the MLB odds I am looking for a decent total. Most of the offshore sportsbooks have this as a solid seven so there you go.