The New York Mets traveled across the United States Sunday evening for a three-game series with the San Diego Padres. Hell is starting to freeze over as the Padres have been a pretty good baseball team five weeks into the season. The players that they have brought in over the last couple of years are putting the pieces together, and some young prospects are assisting as well. The matchup on the mound tonight will be Noah Sydergaard taking on Cal Quantrill. Neither of these pitchers is a certified ace, so we should be in store of a wild game this evening.
Line – New York -150, San Diego +130
Spread – New York -1.5
O/U – 7.5
First Pitch – 9:10 p.m. CT at Petco Park, San Diego, California
New York Mets
The Mets are totally doing what they do every season this year as well. They start good through the first 20 games or so, and then they completely piss the bed. They currently sit below .500 and have had massive pitching disappointments this season. Syndergaard was once thought of as a future Cy Young Award winner, but that vision has disappeared over the last couple of seasons. The flamethrower has an ERA north of 5.00, only two quality starts in seven tries, and is allowing opposing batters to hit .268 off him. That’s very bad. However, he is coming off a complete game shutout, but it was against one of the worst teams in the NL in the Cincinnati Reds.
San Diego Padres
The Padres currently sit at third place in the tough NL West, but they have been competitive this season which is something no one could say over the last decade. Cal Quantrill gets the nod tonight and this will only be his second career start. His first start came on Wednesday of last week when he went 5.2 innings pitched while allowing only two runs. Not too shabby. The key to success for this team all season will be their lineup. Machado, Myers, Hosmer, and Tatis Jr. can be a very formidable lineup. Tatis is a little injured right now, but he’s young and he’ll be back. The big question mark so far this season has been Hosmer. He got off to a horribly slow start but now has his average up to .281.
Analysis & Prediction
The Mets are starting to fall into their midseason form as they have been playing lackluster baseball. That continues tonight as San Diego is going to run away with this game. The pitching in this game will be a non-factor for both teams, so go ahead and hit the over (7.5) and take the Padres money line (+130). I don’t know why New York continues to get as much love as they do. They are in a slump and had to make a trip clear across the country. That is usually a recipe for disaster. Go make some money tonight and let’s have ourselves a Tuesday.
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