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The San Francisco Giants and New York Mets have continued to push their way around the .500 mark on the season that has kept them in the wildcard playoff picture. This sets up the four-game series holding plenty of postseason implications that could have a significant impact on both ballclubs.
Jacob DeGrom hoping to lead Mets to fifth win in six games
It has been a struggle for the Mets to gather any type of consistency this season, hovering under the .500 mark on the year. It has been a series of ups and downs for New York that have pushed them 12.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves for the NL East division lead while things have fared a bit better for the team in the wildcard picture being 5.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers. The Mets have hit a bit of a stride over the last week, having won their last four straight games that have brought some level of optimism around the team. New York has had some bright spots on the roster that have been headlined by the stellar play of rookie first baseman Pete Alonso, who has emerged as one of the bright young stars in the majors. Alonso has been a strong source of production as he’s batting .270 with 31 home runs and 71 RBI through 94 games played. Although he has cooled off a bit this month, he has remained a major factor in the middle of the Mets’ lineup.
— New York Mets (@Mets) July 18, 2019
This has particularly been the case on the road where he’s hitting .279 with 16 home runs, 38 RBI, and 32 runs scored. Alonso’s production has been the anchor to their offensive production. The Mets will also have the opportunity to turn to reigning Cy Young award winner Jacob DeGrom for Friday’s tilt as he holds a 5-7 record with a 3.21 ERA, 144 strikeouts, and a 1.12 WHIP. DeGrom has been a bit off this season from the stellar pace he was on last year, but he has been a strong asset on the bump. In his last 10 starts, he has given up more than two runs just once, which was allowing three runs to the Atlanta Braves. It has been more so the Mets not providing him enough run support throughout the year, scoring four or fewer runs in four out of the five losses in the games that he has pitched. If New York hopes to push forward on Friday night on the road, they will need their offense to provide a strong showing to help him grab his second straight win.
Giants hoping to make a playoff push
It has been a season full of ups and downs for the Giants that has seen them stay around the .500 mark on the year. Like the Mets, San Francisco has continued to stay in pursuit of making a strong push for postseason contention in the wildcard picture. The Giants are currently sitting just 3.0 games behind the Brewers for the second spot heading into Friday’s contest. They have been able to stay in the picture, but the team has had issues with their lack of offensive production through this point in the year being among the least productive teams in that regard. The Giants are currently sitting 20th in runs scored, 24th in hits, 27th in home runs, 28th in batting average, and 26th in slugging percentage. They have had an utter lack of production across the board with their largely older group of talent. Their primary bats haven’t produced anywhere near what was hoped from them.
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) July 17, 2019
The Giants have benefitted from any high level of production from their core group throughout the year. At the same time, their starting pitching has been a bit of a rut this season. San Francisco is currently 20th in ERA from their starters holding a 4.90 ERA and 21st in opposing batting average, 24th in opposing slugging percentage, allowing the sixth-most home runs, and the eighth-most OPS. These struggles have been exemplary through the play of right-hander Tyler Beede, who holds a 3-3 record with a 5.44 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP in 11 games played with nine starts. Beede has grabbed back-to-back wins in his last two starts, but he has had plenty of struggles finding some consistent level of play throughout the year. He has given up a home run in six out of his last seven starts and walked at least three batters in all but one of seven of his previous eight starts prior to his last two outings. Ultimately, this contest will be decided on the mound, and with Beede struggling to find his way, it should sway things in the Mets’ favor on Friday night.
- Giants are 11-30 in their last 41 games against a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15.
- Giants are 4-14 in their last 18 games against National League East division opponents.
- Mets are 4-1 in DeGrom’s last five starts during Game 2 of a series.
- Mets are 19-8 in DeGrom’s last 27 road starts against a team with a losing record.
- Mets are 4-1 in their last five games against National League West division opponents.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Mets have struggled to find some consistency, but they have hit a bit of a hot stretch with arguably their best arm going to the mound in DeGrom. This should push things in their favor, especially with the Giants’ offense having many issues producing runs. The Mets are also 7-1 in the last eight meetings in San Francisco.
Prediction: New York -166
Full-Game Total Pick
The Mets have been middle of the pack offense at best this season that should come into play on the road against the Giants. Meanwhile, San Francisco has a tough matchup against DeGrom that will make runs quite difficult to come by on Friday night. The under is also 3-1-1 in the last five meetings in San Francisco between both ballclubs.
Prediction: Under 7.5