Gerrit Cole is having a revival season for the Pirates but you have to look beyond his 2-5 record to realize that. The 26-year-old righty is near the bottom of the league in starter run support and his seven quality starts have translated into just two wins. He’ll take the mound again tonight when the Bucs host Zack Wheeler and the Mets in a contest the home team opened as a large betting favorite.
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- Gerrit Cole has the worst run support average of any pitcher with 10 or more starts.
- The total has gone OVER in 9 of the Mets’ last 11 games on the road.
- Gerrit Cole has a 1.67 ERA in 4 starts at home this season.
With Cole limiting batters to a .161 average at PNC Park, the Pirates shouldn’t have to produce much offense tonight to get their starter a win. The makeup of the current Mets’ roster has managed to earn just two extra-base hits off of Cole in 57 total at-bats so they’ll have to take advantage if and when they get runners in scoring position.
Wheeler has been excellent in his stopgap role for a patchwork Mets’ pitching staff and his 3.74 ERA through eight starts is more than respectable. Taking on the Pirates for the first time in his career, the 26-year-old righty has only pitched to two of the current Bucs: John Jaso and Phil Gosselin.
It can be tough to get a read on a pitcher when going up against him for the first time so if you’re planning on betting the Bucs tonight, you may want to wait until they get through the order at least once to see how they deal with Wheeler.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
The New York Mets were listed as 128 underdogs on the MLB baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks, including Bet365. The total was set at 8 before betting started earlier on Saturday over at Bovada.
Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 5.3-5.2 result in favor of the Mets. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.
New York Mets vs Pittsburgh Pirates Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
22-27 Pittsburgh battles the Mets, currently with a 20-26 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs New York injuries news.
It’s a MLB baseball betting matchup between the No. 21-rated Pittsburgh Pirates and the league No. 22-ranked New York Mets, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds – Shark.
On offense, it’s a battle between the Pittsburgh Pirates and its No. 27-rated batting order, averaging 4 runs per nine innings, against the No. 4 line up of the New York Mets at 5.11 runs per outing.
Defensively, New York features the No. 30-rated defense on the road, allowing 6.4 runs per game. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, comes in at No. 27 at home, scoring 3.73 runs per game.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
New York hopes solid pitching and defense that led to their last victory – a 10-strikeout performance from J deGrom – will prevail again after their 8-1 victory against Pittsburgh at PNC Park.
- NY Mets is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
- NY Mets is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Mets’s last 6 games
- NY Mets is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
- Pittsburgh is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games
- Pittsburgh is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
- Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
New York at Pittsburgh, Sunday, May 28th