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The New York Mets are looking to get back on track against the St. Louis Cardinals at home on Thursday night.
Cardinals struggling to break through
Through the first 60-plus games of the season, it hasn’t been the start to the year that has been accustomed to seeing the Cardinals race out to getting as they have hovered around the .500 mark that has pushed them just outside the playoff picture both in the NL Central and wildcard positioning. St. Louis has toed the .500 mark in their last 10 games splitting those contests right down the middle. The Cardinals are coming off a difficult month of May where they held one of the worst marks in the league over that span while their offensive struggles took center stage during that stretch of games. This saw them rank 23rd in runs scored, 27th in hits, last in doubles, 23rd in home runs, 27th in batting average, and 29th in slugging percentage. Their lone bright spot through it all has been the strong play of outfielder Marcell Ozuna, who is currently batting .263 with team highs with 18 home runs and 55 RBI, which is third-most in the NL.
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) June 12, 2019
Ozuna has been their lone beacon of hope in the batting order with his high level of production that has him on pace for a career-best campaign in that regard with 44 home runs and 135 RBI. Offseason addition first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has struggled to produce at the level that has become expected of him as he’s batting .271 with 12 home runs and 27 RBI. This has certainly been the case in the last week as he’s hitting .273 with no home runs or RBI in his last 22 at-bats during that span. It will take much more than just Ozuna’s production them to lift them past the Mets. The Cardinals will have right-hander Jack Flaherty on the hill on Thursday night as he has had his ups and downs holing a 4-3 record with a 4.08 ERA through his first 13 starts. Flaherty is coming off a short outing where he went just 3.2 innings giving up four runs on five hits in Cardinals’ 9-4 loss to the Chicago Cubs.
DeGrom hoping to turn things around
The Mets had entered the year with aspirations of bouncing back from a disappointing 2018 campaign to which they have had a mixed bag of results in the first 60-plus games of the year. They have been able to remain afloat above the .500 mark that has kept them at arm’s length toward contending for the playoffs. It has seen them receive some strong individual play in the process. This has been sparked by the promising play of rookie first baseman Pete Alonso, who has emerged as their most productive hitter as he’s batting .254 while ranking second in the NL with 22 home runs and seventh with 49 RBI. This has him on pace to hit a franchise-best 53 home runs along with knocking in 118 RBI in his rookie campaign. It’s likely that he cools down at some point with his power production, but it has been quite impressive up through this point.
Every call. Every angle.
— New York Mets (@Mets) June 12, 2019
The Mets have been able to depend on their pitching staff in the process with the likes 0f right-hander Jacob DeGrom putting together a respectable campaign despite his 3-6 mark with a 3.45 ERA through his first 13 starts. DeGrom hasn’t had the type of the season by any means that he had in 2018 where he earned his Cy Young award, but he has been a reliable arm on the mound. He has picked it up in his last four starts giving up two or fewer runs over those outings. It should be noted that he had his elbow checked out earlier this season that did derail a bit his effectiveness, but he has seemingly pushed his way back in the right direction. This should continue on Thursday night as he faces the Cardinals’ struggling offense at home that will give him his first win five starts. In other words, DeGrom holds a decisive edge that is simply too much to overlook.
- Mets are 11-1 in their last 12 home games against a right-handed starter.
- Mets are 13-3 in their last 16 home games against a team with a losing road record.
- Mets are 13-3 in their last 16 home games.
- Cardinals are 2-8 in Flaherty’s last 10 road starts.
- Cardinals are 1-4 in Flaherty’s last five starts following a team loss in their previous game.
- Cardinals are 1-5 in Flaherty’s last six starts vs. National League East.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Each of these teams has had their share of struggles this season, but the Mets will have the decisive advantage with DeGrom on the hill. This should see them grind out what will be more of a pitching duel between both squads. New York is also 4-1 in deGrom’s last five starts against the Cardinals.
Prediction: New York -137
Full-Game Total Pick
This will be a contest dictated more by the arms on the mound rather than their respective offenses. In fact, DeGrom could be lined up for a strong outing to put himself back on track. The under is also 13-6-1 in the last 20 meetings in New York between these two teams.
Prediction: Under 7.5