Steven Matz (7-1, 2.60 ERA) gets the start for the New York Mets (31-24) as they go up against Jonathon Niese (5-2, 4.36 ERA) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (30-26) in the first of a three-game series at PNC Park. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Jun. 6 and will air on SNY and RTPT.
In his most recent outing, Niese pitched 5.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out six and walking three in a 3-2 loss to the Marlins. Gregory Polanco (.308, 39 Rs, 9 HRs, 38 RBIs, 7 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one RBI. The Mets were unsuccessful against the White Sox 6-4 the last time Matz pitched. He went 5.2 innings, allowing three runs, striking out three and walking two.
The odds are Mets -110 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is 8 at the moment.
Predictions: SU Winner - PIT
In their last game, the Mets lost by a margin of one run. The Pirates are 9-7 in one-run games. The Mets have an 11-8 record in close games.
The Pirates are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Mets have a 2-7 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Pirates are 5-17. The Mets have a 7-19 record when opponents outhit them.
Pittsburgh ranks near the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 55 this season. New York ranks in the top five at fourth with 76.
Ranking 28th, New York is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.71 per game. Pittsburgh ranks in the top five at second with 9.68.
Ranking 21st, New York is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.718). Pittsburgh ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .784.
The Mets are 12-15 when they allow at least one home run. The Pirates perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 17-20 record.