With each team in the MLB now having fewer than 20 games to play in the regular season, it goes without saying that for those teams sitting outside the playoff picture, time is running out. While there are still teams termed as being in the hunt, many of them are very close to having the plug pulled on their life support systems. It’s going to be a dog eat dog scenario in the final few weeks of the season, with only the strongest surviving and living to fight another day. Sitting right behind the two Wild Card spots in the National League are four teams who are within three games of the final spot that is currently being held by the Chicago Cubs. All of those teams have a shot at getting in, but they need to make a move now. The Arizona Diamondbacks and the New York Mets are in that group, so this current series is absolutely huge. The Mets took the opener in a close one and are in as a 1 ½ run favorite for the Wednesday night game. The run total for this game has been set at 8 ½.
When: Wednesday, September 11 at 7:10 PM EST
Where: Citi Field, NYC
Starting Pitchers: Ray Vs Matz
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Why bet on the Arizona Diamondbacks
The Diamondbacks entered last weekend right in the thick of the Wild Card picture, but a run that has seen them lose 3 games in a row has them heading in the wrong direction. As it stands now, the D-backs find themselves 2 ½ games out of the final playoff spot. To make matters worse, the Milwaukee Brewers have cranked out 5-straight wins to leapfrog them, while the Mets pulled a little closer with their 3-2 win over Arizona on Tuesday night. With that loss, the Diamondbacks have now lost 2 in a row to the Mets and trail the regular season series by 3-2. Arizona now sits at 75-70 on the season and 6-4 in their last 10 games. On the road, they are 39-37 SU, but a solid 46-30 ATS. They will have Robbie Ray (12-7, 4.03 ERA) starting this one.
Why bet on the New York Mets
The Mets have been on a little bit of a rollercoaster run in the second half of the season. There was a time when it looked as though they were going to take a serious run at the Wild Card, but inconsistency has put them in a bit of a tough spot, as they are now 3 games off the pace being set by the Chicago Cubs. The win over the Diamondbacks certainly helps their cause, though, with that one taking them to 6-4 in their last 10. Home field also helps here, with the Mets sporting a very decent 40-29 record in their own ballpark. Where they have underwhelmed from a betting perspective is as a home favorite, going 19-35 ATS. The Mets will hand the ball to Steven Matz (9-8, 4.00 ERA) for this one.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The meetings between these two this regular season have, for the most part, been close affairs, with 3 of the 5 games decided by a single run. I am going for more of the same here, with the Mets taking another step towards the Wild Card with a win.
Arizona Diamondbacks 4 New York Mets 5