Sinking Mets & Giants Meet In Matinee Matchup Saturday Warrant 1st Half Wager

Jay Pryce

Saturday, August 20, 2016 2:12 PM UTC

Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 2:12 PM UTC

Bartolo Colon hopes to stop the bleeding this afternoon as the Mets take on Matt Moore and the Giants. New York has given up 46 runs in the last five games, their most in nearly a decade.

New York Mets (60-62) – Bartolo Colon (10-7, 3.38)
The Mets are in free fall since the All-Star Break, going 13-21 overall. At -112 average odds, bettors have loss nearly 25 percent of their investment backing the Kings of Queens. Opening at +135 MLB odds this afternoon for the third of a four-game series in San Francisco, they are 3-10 as road underdogs in this stretch. New York is now 2-6 in their last eight played at AT&T Park, and currently they are +130 underdogs at TheGreek

Bartolo Colon takes the pill for manager Terry Collins. The ageless wonder is 2-3 with a 5.05 ERA in six career starts versus San Francisco. Three of these meetings have come in a Mets uniform, where last year’s NL champs are 0-3 overall.

The Giants' current roster slays Colon. Batting .358 as a group (29-for-81), Hunter Pence has produced the most damage, going 6-for-11 with a double, two homers, and seven RBI. Brandon Crawford (4-for-7), Gregor Blanco (4-for-10), and Buster Posey (3-for-7) are each hitting .400 or better in nine or more plate appearances.

Since beginning a grueling 10-game, cross-country road trip on Monday, Collins' staff have allowed 10, 5, 13, 10, and 8 runs to the D-backs and Giants. Their 9.2 runs yielded per game are the most allowed in a five-game span since gifting 8.6 back in September of 2006 and 2007.

New York is only 4-8 against left-handed starters on the road this season, though they have scored 23 runs in their last four games. This includes a seven-run effort against Madison Bumgarner in the series opener.


San Francisco Giants (68-54) – Matt Moore (7-9, 4.14 ERA)
Like the Mets, it’s been rough sledding for the Giants since the break—the team entering the period with MLB's highest winning percentage.. Despite taking its last two over the visitors, San Francisco's 11-21 record is the worst in the bigs during this stretch. A combination of cold pitching and untimely hitting has plagued the club, scoring just 4.0 while allowing 4.5 runs per game.

Skipper Bruce Bochy hands the ball to new addition Matt Moore this afternoon. The southpaw is 0-2 in three starts since coming over to San Francisco in a deadline deal with the Rays. Moore has allowed nine earned runs on 12 hits in 18 innings pitched; not the greatest debut. Walks are a huge problem since donning a Giants uniform, gifting 14 free passes to date. This is Moore's first start versus the Mets in his six-year professional career.

It’s literally been a night-and-day difference in Moore’s performances this season. He owns a 2.63 ERA in 11 day starts this season, as opposed to a 5.42 mark in 13 evening outings.

The Giants are 20-9 at -170 average odds when home chalk versus a team that scores fewer runs on the season. In this situation, San Francisco has crossed the plate 5.5 times per game.


Final Analysis
The Mets have put up better than two runs through the first five innings in only three of their last 12 games. Scoring runs has been a chronic problem all year, especially early in contests, and a day game at AT&T Park doesn't provide ideal conditions to spark a hitting onslaught. Colon, despite his past struggles with some on the lineup, should rebound from a dismal outing against the D-backs in which he gave up five runs on nine hits in four innings. Look for the big man to keep the Giants in check early, and New York's bats to remain ice-cold. UNDER through the first five innings is the free MLB pick.


Free MLB Pick: Under 4 -110 (1st Half)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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