NY Mets (65-60) vs Cleveland Indians (74-52)
August 21, 2019 at 7:10 pm ET (Citi Field)
ML: NY Mets -150 Cleveland Indians +132
Odds: NY Mets -1.5 +135 Cleveland Indians +1.5 -159
Over/Under: Over 9 -121 Under 9 +100
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The New York Mets and Cleveland Indians square off tonight in game 2 of their 3 game series in Flushing, New York. The Mets took game 1 by a score of 9-2 last night, thanks to an offensive surge in the late innings. Steven Matz got win number 8 on the season, while Shane Bieber was credited with his 6th loss. Tonight it will be Marcus Stroman on the hill for the Mets, going up against Adam Plutko for the Indians. Stroman will be making his 3rd start for the Mets and will be looking to build on his last outing in which he earned a win in Atlanta going 5.1 innings giving up 4 hits and 2 earned runs. Stroman also walked 4 and struck out 5. Plutko has bounced between the big league club and the Indians AAA affiliate, the Columbus Clippers, this season. He has been in Cleveland since June 8 and holds a season record of 5-3 with a 4.67 ERA. Tonight’s game has major playoff implications for both the Mets and the Indians. With a win tonight the Mets will have won 8 of their last 9 series and have firmly placed themselves back into the playoff picture. The Indians currently sit in first place in the AL wild card and 2.5 games behind Minnesota for the lead in the AL Central.
New York Mets
The Mets will be looking for a strong outing from Stroman tonight. If the Mets were to make the playoffs this year, they will need quality starts from here on out for the rest of the season from their top three pitchers, deGrom, Syndergaard, and Stroman. New York has been good at home posting a 35-21 record at Citi Field this year. Home teams have also won 65.2% of the games in which umpire Lance Barrett is calling the game from behind the plate. The Mets are 4-1 against the spread in their last 5 games, and the over has hit in both of Stroman’s starts this year for the Mets. The Mets have scored at least 4 runs in 8 of their last 10 games. The Mets are hot right now.
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