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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. New York Mets, 07-28-2019

Pittsburgh Pirates (46-58) vs. New York Mets (49-55)

Sunday, July 28, 2019 @ 1:10 pm ET (Citi Field)

Over/Under: Mets -1.5

Best Money Line: Pirates +123, Mets -128

Free MLB Picks New York Mets vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

In last night's game, the New York Mets defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0. The Mets scored one run in the 6th inning and two runs in the 7th. Pirates' starting pitcher Trevor Williams is now 3-4 this season. In seven innings pitched, he had 7 strikeouts. Mets' starting pitcher Steven Matz also had 7 strikeouts, but he earned them in nine innings. This was his first career shutout. Matz is now 6-6 for the season. For the players' game statistics, the Pirates struggled all throughout the game. Second baseman Kevin Newman had only two hits in four at-bats. Newman was their best performer for the evening, which says more about just how pitiful the team's offensive production has been. Right fielder Melky Cabrera, left fielder Bryan Reynolds, and catcher Jacob Stallings all had one hit in the game. As for the Mets, they managed a few hits every here and there.

In three at-bats, right fielder Michael Conforto scored one run via an RBI. Plus, both J.D. Davis and Todd Frazier scored one run each. Davis had two hits in yesterday's game. With all the injuries and pitching misfortunes this season, Pittsburgh is hopeless at this point. They are now on a seven-game losing streak. The team has lost 9 of the last 10 games. New York has won 6 of the last 10 games on their schedule. Furthermore, for game three of this series, the starting pitcher for the Pirates is Chris Archer (3-7). Archer's ERA is 5.40. He is 0-3 in his last three starts. Pittsburgh lost 4-3 on July 12 against the Chicago Cubs, 6-5 versus the St. Louis Cardinals on July 17, and 4-3 against the Cardinals on July 23. The starting pitcher for the Mets is Jason Vargas (5-5). His ERA is 3.96, and he has won two of the last three games pitching: 5-2 against the San Diego Padres on July 23 and a 14-4 blowout versus the Minnesota Twins on July 17. Needless to say, this is once again not a promising matchup for the Pirates' faithful.

New York Mets

The New York Mets rank 17th for runs per game, averaging 4.68 runs per game. Although slacking in terms of putting points on the scoreboard, they are still hitting the ball. Likewise, they rank 11th for hits per game, earning 8.82 hits each game. For home runs per game, with 1.41 home runs, New York ranks 14th. Additionally, for the players' season stats, left fielder Jeff McNeil has the highest batting average on the team (.341) and the highest on-base percentage (.402). McNeil is leading for hits, too, with a total of 115. However, first baseman Pete Alonso has the most home runs, totaling 33 right now. With 64 runs scored, Pete Alonso has scored the most runs on the team. Not to mention, with 75 RBIs, he still leads the team in this metric. Though, the catch for Alonso is that he's ahead in strikeouts, with a total of 108. Shortstop Amed Rosario has accumulated 102 hits. When reviewing pitchers, relief pitcher Seth Lugo's W-L record is 4-2, which is the best on the team. Lugo's 2.90 ERA is also the lowest on the Mets, and his WHIP is 1.047.

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