Matt Harvey (6-4, 3.62 ERA) and Scott Copeland (1-0, 0.90 ERA) take the hill in the second of a two-game series between the New York Mets (35-30) and the Toronto Blue Jays (34-31) at Citi Field. The Mets won the last game 4-3 and New York leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 16 and can be seen on RSN and SNY.
Harvey pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering seven runs, striking out two and walking two in an 8-5 defeat to the Giants. Lucas Duda (.281, 36 Rs, 9 HRs, 29 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run and one RBI. Chris Colabello (.345, 24 Rs, 4 HRs, 22 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 5 yesterday.
New York is a -150 favorite against Toronto and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Mets have recorded an overall money line of +225 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 28-9. Against the AL, they are unbeaten as the favorite (2-0), but have an SU record of 3-2. The Mets have no trouble scoring as they rank fifth in the NL in home offense with 4.4 runs per game. As for the pitchers, the Mets are the third-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.19 so far this season.
In games where it is the underdog, Toronto has a 14-18 record and an overall money line of +228. They have been a force to be reckoned with over their last 10 games. They were unbeaten, managing a perfect record both SU and as the underdog. Offensively, they average five runs per game on the road, which is the best in the AL. The Blue Jays are tough outs for opponents, ranking third in the AL with 9.1 hits per road game. The Blue Jays allow 4.5 runs per game, but does better whenever an NL opponent is on the schedule. They bring that runs allowed average down to 3.4 against teams from the NL.
The Mets have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Mets have a 29-24 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Sanchez takes the mound. Harvey (RHP) will be on the hill against the Blue Jays, who have a 24-26 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Blue Jays lost by a margin of one run. The Mets are 12-9 in one-run games. The Blue Jays have a 6-13 record in close games.
The Mets are 3-1 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays are 2-2 in such matchups.
The Blue Jays are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Mets have a 10-24 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Blue Jays are 30-5. The Mets have a 22-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Toronto tops the league in runs with 359 this season. New York ranks in the bottom half at 20th with 251.
Ranking 18th, New York is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 178 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at fourth with 209.
When the Mets hit at least one home run, they are 23-10, well-matched with the Blue Jays who are 30-16 when hitting one or more homers.