Noah Syndergaard (2-0, 0.90 ERA) and Raisel Iglesias (1-1, 3.09 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the New York Mets (10-7) and the Cincinnati Reds (9-10) at Citi Field. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Apr. 25 and can be seen on SNY and FSOH.
Syndergaard pitched 7.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run, striking out eight and walking two in a 5-2 win over the Phillies. Yoenis Cespedes (.288, 11 Rs, 5 HRs, 14 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI. Iglesias went 6.2 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out eight and walking one in a 6-5 win over the Rockies in his most recent start. Eugenio Suarez (.300, 14 Rs, 5 HRs, 14 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
The odds for New York and Cincinnati are Mets -225, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 6.5. The Mets are the third-best team in the NL at limiting walks to their opponents, allowing only 2.2 walks per game so far this season. These are two of the top young pitchers in the National League, but these two teams are going in different directions. The Mets are hoping to contend for the World Series, whereas the Reds are in a full-fledged rebuild. They'll look to build around guys like Monday's starter, Raisel Iglesias.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYM
When leading after seven innings, New York is 3-2, while Cincinnati is 4-5.
The Reds didn't score any runs in their last game. The Mets have a 2-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Reds are 7-2. The Mets have a 6-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 17th, New York is in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 74 this season. Cincinnati ranks in the top half at 13th with 77.
Ranking 25th, Cincinnati is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 48 this season. New York ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 55.
When the Mets hit at least one home run, they are 6-3, well-matched with the Reds who are 7-4 when hitting one or more homers.