Gerrit Cole (5-2, 2.40 ERA) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (18-22) meet Noah Syndergaard (1-1, 3.18 ERA) and the New York Mets (24-18) in the first of a three-game series at PNC Park. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 22 and will air on SNY and ROOT-PIT.
Cole is 0-2 with an 8.00 ERA against the Mets in his career, but faces a less-than-stellar New York offense that's hitting just .236 on the year. Starling Marte (.297, 21 Rs, 8 HRs, 27 RBIs, 6 SBs) continued his strong season Wednesday, going 2 for 6 with one RBI. The Mets were victorious over the Brewers 5-1 the last time Syndergaard pitched. He went 6.0 innings, giving up one run, striking out five and walking one. Lucas Duda (.302, 23 Rs, 5 HRs, 19 RBIs) has been doing well offensively for the Mets, going 2 for 3 yesterday with three runs, two home runs, and four RBIs.
Pittsburgh, a -145 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against New York. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is seven runs. The Pirates are 14-13 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -760. Pittsburgh's pitching staff can be considered one of the best in the NL. The Pirates have a team ERA of 3.29, one of the lowest in their league.
Switching gears, the Mets come into this game in an interesting position. They have won more than 60 percent of games played as the underdog (5-14) but have a negative money line (+525). Over the past 10 matchups, they are 3-7 SU and have a poor 0-6 record when they were an underdog to win. They have the second-lowest ERA in the NL at 3.20. They have a WHIP of 1.14 on the year, good for tops in the league.
The Pirates will take on a right-hander (Syndergaard) in this game and have a 17-18 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Mets will be the right-hander Cole. Right-handed starters haven't been any trouble for them (20-13), but it's a different story when they play on the road (5-8).
Predictions: SU Winner - PIT, O/U - Over
After last game's shutout win against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Mets now have three shutouts this season. The Pirates have been shut out in five games this season.
When the Mets play into extra innings, they have a 1-0 record. The Pirates are 0-6 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Mets are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Pirates have a 4-7 record when opponents give up that many walks.
When they outhit their opponents, the Pirates are 12-5. The Mets have a 15-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 23rd in runs, Pittsburgh has earned 154 this season. New York ranks 20th with 158 runs.
Ranking 24th, Pittsburgh is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 99 this season. New York ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 121.
When the Pirates hit at least one home run, they are 12-11. When the Mets hit at least one homer, they have a 15-6 record.