The division that you play in can make your season record look either great or decidedly average. The New York Mets have only managed 4 more wins than the San Diego Padres to this point in the season, but their fortunes in their division are a whole lot better than what is happening out in California. These two teams will meet for a 3-game series in New York starting on Tuesday night.
San Diego Padres vs New York Mets MLB Odds PreviewDate: Tuesday, July 28th, 2015Time: 5:10PMVenue:Citi Field, Flushing, New YorkOpening MLB Odds: NY Mets -130 The Mets (51-48) have scored the least amount of runs in the National League, yet find themselves just 2 games back of the division leading Washington Nationals in the East. Part of that is down to the fact that the Nats have not performed as well as everyone expected, but credit also has to go to the Mets pitching staff. A huge tip of the cap should be sent in the direction of Jacob DeGrom, as he has been nothing short of spectacular for the Mets this season. As good as the pitching has been, you get the sense that the Mets are not going to be able to sustain a serious challenge in the second half if they don’t get some offensive help. I imagine that their trade deadline shopping list will contain a few power hitters. Noah Syndergaard (4-5, 2.97 ERA) will start for the Mets on Tuesday. The Mets have lost both of the previous games with Syndergaard as the starter.The general consensus coming into the second half of the season was that the Padres (47-52) would be a non-factor in the NL West race. To their credit, they have come out and shown that they are not quite ready to roll over and play dead just yet. They have gone 6-3 to start the second half, but haven’t really been able to make up a whole lot of ground on the second place Giants, as they are also on a hot streak right now. The Padres are now 8.5 games out of first place, and that number seems particularly high when you realizes that it is the Dodgers and the Giants that they are going to have to run down. All they can do at this point is continue to win series and hope to chip away at the deficit. James Shields (8-3, 3.77 ERA) will get the start for the Padres. Shields has pitched well this season, but seldom gets the run support his solid efforts deserve.
Key Betting Trends
- NY Mets is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Mets’ last 6 games
- NY Mets is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
- San Diego is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 12 of San Diego’s last 17 games