Jacob deGrom (3-2, 2.80 ERA) and Juan Nicasio (5-5, 5.34 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the New York Mets (34-28) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (32-31) at Citi Field. The Pirates come into this series in the midst of a five-game losing streak. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 14 and can be seen on SNY and RTPT.
deGrom pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs and striking out nine in a 3-1 defeat to the Pirates. Yoenis Cespedes (.282, 34 Rs, 16 HRs, 40 RBIs, 1 SB) had another good game Sunday, going 2 for 4 with one RBI. Nicasio went 1.0 inning, surrendering six runs, striking out two and walking two in a 9-3 defeat to the Cardinals in his most recent start. Starling Marte (.332, 33 Rs, 5 HRs, 23 RBIs, 19 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 Sunday with one RBI.
The Mets are a -165 favorite for this matchup.
Pick - NYM
For the seventh time this season, the Mets registered at least two errors in a game.
The Mets are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Pirates have a 4-6 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Pirates are 5-22. The Mets have a 7-22 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 23rd in home runs, Pittsburgh has hit 57 this season. New York ranks seventh with 83 home runs.
Ranking 11th, New York is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 207 this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 224.
The Mets are 29-13 when they hit at least one home run. The Pirates perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 22-12 record.