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Boston Red Sox against the New York Mets
The division leaders meet tonight as Boston and New York close out a two-game league series. The first pitch for the Red Sox vs. Mets matchup is 6:40 pm ET at Citi Field in New York. This is the second of four meetings this season. Despite handling just five hits, Boston managed a 2-1 win against New York last night. After falling behind 1-0 in the second inning, the Red Sox posted their 12th league-leading comeback win. These teams divided their seasonal series last year. The Mets won twice in Boston, 7-4 and 8-3, before the Red Sox won 6-5 and 4-2 in New York.
Boston (15-9) is first overall in the AL East and has a three-game lead over Tampa Bay and Toronto. The Red Sox opened their season at home and were outscored 18-5 by the Baltimore Orioles during a three-game sweep. Boston rallied with 3-0 series wins against Tampa Bay at home and Baltimore on the road. After three wins at Minnesota, the Red Sox’s nine-game winning streak ended with a 4-3 loss to the Twins. Cooling down a bit, the Red Sox were 5-5 during a ten-game home stay prior to this series. Boston is 7-1 on the road and has a 46-26 advantage on the road.
New York (9–9) is half a game ahead of Philadelphia and Atlanta in the NL East standings. The NL East Division is the only division that does not have a team with a winning record. The Mets postponed their season-opening series against Washington due to COVID-19 issues. They have also canceled three games due to the weather. After a 7-4 start, New York has lost five of its last seven games. After three losses to the Cubs, by a 23–8 margin in Chicago, the Mets returned home and won two of three against Washington. The two victories were shut out 6-0 and 4-0.
RHP Jacob deGrom (2-1, 0.31 ERA) is making his fifth start for New York. He has allowed just one earned run, with 13 hits and three walks, in 29 innings this season. DeGrom set a major league record with 50 strikeouts during his first four starts. RHP Nick Pivetta (2-0, 3.48 ERA) heads up the hill for Boston. He has allowed eight runs, on 14 hits in 20.2 innings, and has a 18-14 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The Red Sox are 3-1 in their first four starts. Boston is averaging 5.04 runs per game, while the Mets score just 3.16 runs. Bet on running and back Boston like the losers on the road.
Pick: Boston Red Sox Running Line +1.5 (-102)
San Diego Padres at Arizona Diamondbacks
Rivals in the National League West close out a two-game series when San Diego visits Arizona tonight. Playtime for the Parents vs. Diamondbacks is scheduled for 9:40 p.m. ET at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. This is the sixth of 19 meetings this season. Arizona scored three runs in the sixth inning and held San Diego to just four hits in a 5-1 win last night. These teams opened the season with a four-game series in San Diego. After the Padres won the first three games, by a combined 19–9 margin, the Diamondbacks avoided a sweep with a 3-1 victory in the series finale.
San Diego (13-12) ranks fourth overall in the NL West Division. The Padres are three games behind Los Angeles and San Francisco, which lead the division with 15–8 records. After opening the season with an 8-3 start, San Diego lost seven of its next nine games. Offense was a problem for the Padres, as they were outscored 39-14 during all seven losses. Before visiting Arizona, San Diego got back on track with a 3-1 series win over the Dodgers in Los Angeles. The Padres are 8–4 on the road and six of the wins were by two or more runs. San Diego has not won in Arizona since April 13, 2019.
Make it 11 consecutive wins for Diamondback after last night’s win.
Arizona (12-11) is percentage points ahead of San Diego and is third overall in the NL West. The Diamondbacks were slow to get out of the starting gate when they opened the season with a 5-10 record. Eight of the losses were by at least two runs. After a 6-2 loss to the Nationals on the road in Washington on April 17, Arizona has been on a roll, winning seven of its last eight games. Prior to this series, the Diamondbacks closed a nine-game road trip with two wins (5-0 and 7-0) during a doubleheader against the Braves in Atlanta. Arizona is 3-3 at home, having played a very heavy schedule on the road.
LHP Ryan Weathers (1-0, 0.59 ERA) is making his third start for San Diego. After three relief appearances, his first two starts were against Los Angeles. Weathers, who is the youngest pitcher in the league, limited the high-scoring Dodgers to just two hits in 9.1 scoreless innings. RHP Taylor Widener (1-0, 2.82 ERA) is making his fifth start for Arizona. He allowed three hits, in six scoreless innings, during the Diamondbacks’ 3-1 victory in San Diego on April 4. Arizona is scoring 5.26 runs per game, while San Diego is averaging 3.76 runs. Run and bet on the Diamondbacks.
Pick: Arizona Diamondbacks +1.5 (-114) race line
2021 MLB regular season betting record: 12-20 (-10.32 points)
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.