The New York Mets are simply God-awful when they go on the road, a fact that is known by all of their fans and by baseball betting followers. At the moment they are working on a winless road trip, and they are going to try to avoid their seventh loss in a row as they line up against the Milwaukee Brewers in a National League encounter that is scheduled to go off at 8:10 PM ET at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Vietbet customers can place wagers with Live Betting Extra after the opening pitch is thrown, so the action goes all night.
The Mets have held first place in the NL East this month, but six losses in a row have brought them back to the .500 mark. So at the moment they are 2.5 games behind the Washington Nationals, and trying to hold off the Atlanta Braves, who are only a half-game behind them.
They will send 42-year-old Bartolo Colón to the mound. The former Cy Young award winner was hit pretty hard in his last outing, but has the opportunity to become only the second 10-game-winner in the National League with a victory. The Mets have obviously played pretty well behind him, because Colón has a 4.81 ERA. Jimmy Nelson (3-8, 4.64 ERA) is the pitcher for the Brewers. The 26-year-old right-hander has gone five innings in each of his last two starts, giving up a total of 21 hits during that time.
In the baseball betting lines that have been posted on this game by the people at Vietbet, the Brewers are slight favorite at home:
Milwaukee Brewers (Nelson) -120
New York Mets (Colón) +110
Over 8 runs -115
Under 8 runs -105
One of the reasons the Mets are so dismal when traveling, with a record of just 10-25, is the fact that they can't hit, compiling just an average of .227 and scoring just 2.9 runs per contest. On this current road trip they have crossed the plate eight times in six games. And they have had only four hits in two consecutive outings.
Colon's earned run average is kind of deceiving, in the sense that he's got some pretty good metrics elsewhere. In fact, his WHIP ratio is at about 1.21, which is not much higher than it was when he won the Cy Young award in 2005. And the number of walks he has issued per nine innings is the lowest of his career, at .9. Interestingly enough, he has gotten a decision in 26 consecutive starts. That decision was a loss in his last outing, as the Toronto Blue Jays scored six earned runs against him and 4 1/3 innings. His strikeout-walk ratio as a visiting starter is 10.67, which is a monster figure. This is exactly the kind of stuff the Mets need to end this skid.
What Vietbet customers have to watch out for is that Nelson has been horrid at Miller Park lately, compiling a 6.93 ERA in his last four outings. A total of 25 batters reached base in ten innings over his last two starts, and that just won't do. He is giving up 3 1/2 walks every nine innings, and he leads the league in hit batsmen (7).
Admittedly a team like the Mets is going to suffer on offense when they are missing a pair of All-Star performers like Daniel Murphy and David Wright. Murphy is currently sidelined with the left quadriceps injury and is not expected back with the team until the weekend, at the earliest. As for Wright, his spinal stenosis leaves the team wondering when he will truly be ready to get back into action.
Of course, let's not leave out the pitching, which has given up almost one more earned run per nine innings on the road than it does at home. This is an area where Colón really needs to step up in order to stop the bleeding. He just might be able to.
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