New York Mets vs Tampa Bay Rays: Free MLB Picks

Oleh: Jason Storm
June 12

Jason Storm
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MLB Predictions: NY Mets (+149) at Tampa Bay Rays (-159) Over-Under: 8
The interleague play started recently with a few games but now we’re into a full week of great and fun match ups. This game seems to bring some of the best of both divisions to battle it out in the heat of their own races. The way the Mets have been up and down the entire season, and I blame the amazing Nationals and the fighting Braves.
Still the Mets have a good shot at getting the division or at least a Wild Card spot if they can stay in pace with them Nats. The Rays have been enjoying the top of the AL East with the Orioles but fell into the 3rd spot for 1 day for the first time since the first week of April. They still command the top of the AL East with a tie the surging Yankees, who just swept the Mets.
The Mets have were on a streak until a few games back and have not preformed like they had started to look. They have only 4 wins in their last 10 and don’t pose that much of threat in offense sitting about midfield in all of the MLB, right down the middle with a .254 team Batting Average. The biggest threat they show is their pitching.
Dickey has tricked many a batters this year  with his knuckleball already having 9 total wins, coupled with a 1.04 WHIP and a 2.44 ERA. Nasty right? Well he’s not
pitching today, Chris Young is. He’s only pitched 5 innings and has a  3.60 ERA and 2 KOs. He also has no decision this season. He’s coming off serious surgery and this is only his 2nd start back in the bigs. The Mets only hope may be David Wright, with his team leading .354, will be able to knock the Rays around.
On the other side we have Tampa who seems to be ready to take on any team, that isnt the White Sox, and willing to put up a ton of runs. They’ve taken a 6 of 10 and 4 of 6 since Desmond Jennings came back from injury. They outscored the Marlins 22-6 in the Grapefruit Series so take that however you want since the Marlins are around the spot as the Mets. With a little worse team BA (.237) they seem to get the hits when needed. Wade Davis has a 2.00 OBP and Matt Joyce leads them in homeruns (11). Jennings is sure to be a game changer back in the lineup so  hopefully he can make up for the low BA.

The pitching is prime. The rotation is the best in baseball. Alex Cobb started off strong but has slowed down dropping his last 2. A deep ERA of 4.12 and a little high
WHIP of 1.29 but he is gonna have a rebound game. I’m sure hes going to be ready with the possibility of losing to another New York team and losing first.

Both teams do seem to have a good match up but overall besides Dickey and Wright I don’t see the Rays dropping this one especially at home at The Trop. Cobb will come off a great game and Fernando Rodney will add just another save to his numbers. I’m giving this one to the AL East leading Rays.

Pick: Tampa Bay Rays -159

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