Betting Pick: New York Mets vs. Miami Marlins

Betting Pick: New York Mets vs. Miami Marlins

The New York Mets will host the Miami Marlins in the first game of a doubleheader Monday afternoon from Citi Field. The Marlins will give the call to 23-year-old right-hander Sandy Alcantara, and the Mets will hand the ball to 31-year-old right-hander Jacob deGrom. The Mets own a 7-4 lead in the season series.

Sandy Alcantara will make his 22nd start of the season, aiming for his first win since late June. Alcantara was rocked in his previous start, surrendering seven runs including three home runs in 4.2 innings against the Twins, leading to the defeat to dip his record to 4-10. The third-year right-hander had a poor month of July that resulted in a 6.91 ERA, and his season ERA has increased to 4.54 to go with a 1.48 WHIP in 123 innings of work. Alcantara has held the Mets to eight runs in 20.2 innings this season, and he features a stifling 2.73 ERA paired with a 2-3 record in six career starts against New York. Pete Alonso is 1 for 7 against Alcantara, while Amed Rosario is 0 for 6, and Michael Conforto is 3 for 15.

The Marlins are scoring an average of 3.63 runs on the season, ranking them down at 29th in the Majors. The Miami pitching staff holds a solid 4.33 team ERA, placing them 13th in the big leagues. The Marlins own a 20-32 road record.

The Mets will have Jacob deGrom on the hill for the 23rd time of the year in this one. DeGrom was tremendous in his latest effort, limiting the White Sox to one run in seven innings, leading to a no-decision in a game the Mets won. The veteran right-hander posted an incredible 1.09 ERA last month and he has bolstered his ERA to 2.78 accompanied with a 1.08 WHIP and a 6-7 record in 136 innings pitched on the year. He features an even 3.00 ERA with a 3-1 record in four meetings against Miami this season, and he stands at 7-7 with a 3.48 ERA in 20 career starts.  Brian Anderson is 6 for 22 against deGrom, while Starlin Castro is 10 for 31, and Jorge Alfaro is 3 for 8.

The Mets stand 19th in the Major Leagues with an average of 4.69 runs on the season. The New York pitching staff is carrying a 4.49 team ERA, positioning them 15th overall.

My free pick goes to New York -315

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