MLB Betting Preview: Cincinnati Reds vs. New York Mets – Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
Where: CitiField in New York, New York
Date & Time: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 7:10 PM ET
Moneyline: NYM -177
Over/Under Total: 6.5
The Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets are set to play game three of a four-game series on Wednesday at Citi Field in New York.
Each team has split the first two games of the series with the Reds victorious on Monday, and the Mets coming through with an extra inning victory on Tuesday.
Probable starting pitchers for the game are Anthony DeScalfani for the Reds and 2018 Cy Young award winner Jacob deGrom for the Mets. The moneyline on this game is Mets -177.
Reds Struggling Offensively
The question going into the season was whether or not the Reds would pitch well enough to balance out their impressive lineup. So far, so good. The Reds pitching staff currently has the 4th best ERA in Major League Baseball at 3.39.
Leading the way is Luis Castillo, who has been brilliant in the first month of the season. He is 3-1, with a 1.45 ERA, and 50 strikeouts. Wednesday’s starter, Anthony DeScalfani, is 1-1, with a 4.26 ERA, and 28 strikeouts.
What was supposed to be a strength, has been a glaring weakness so far this season. The Reds offense is last in Major League Baseball, with an abysmal .212 batting average. The Reds have scored just 109 runs in 29 games. The lack of offense is the main reason for the Reds’ 12-17 start.
Joey Votto is leading the team with a .245 batting average. Offseason acquisition Yasiel Puig is hitting under the Mendoza line at .192. Jesse Winker leads the team with 8 home runs. Eugenio Suarez leads the Reds with 16 RBI.
Mets In the Race
The Mets come into play on Wednesday just a game out of first place in the National League East, with a 15-14 record. New York was supposed to have one of the best rotations in all of baseball, yet they are currently 26th in Major League Baseball in ERA, checking in at 5.21.
Wednesday’s starter, Jacob deGrom, has been on the injured list with a balky elbow. He is 2-3, with a 4.85 ERA, and leads the team with 43 strikeouts. Some of the reasons the Mets are only 1 game over .500 include: Noah Syndergaard has a 6.35 ERA in 34 innings, Zach Wheeler has a 5.05 ERA over 35.2 innings, and Seth Lugo has a 4.08 ERA in 17.2 innings.
Offensively, the Mets are 8th in Major League Baseball with a .259 average. They have also scored the 8th most runs with 149. However, their run differential is -19. 2B Jeff McNeil leads the way with a .370 average.
Offseason pickup, Robinson Cano, has been on fire the last 7 games with a .474 batting average, which has raised his overall average to .270. Pete Alonso has had the long ball working, with 9 round-trippers in the first month, to go with 26 RBI.
As bad as the Reds offense has been, Jacob deGrom is not the guy they want to see. I look for him to rebound from his lackluster outing in his previous start. The Reds offense is just what the doctor ordered. Take the Mets in this one.