New York Mets (22-22) vs. New York Yankees (23-20) MLB Betting Lines

Moneyline: Yankees (-180) Mets (+170)

Over/Under: 9


Starting Pitchers: Mets (Capuano) vs. Yankees (Burnett)


The Mets have taken quite a bit of heat this year, but after last night’s victory over the Yankees they have just one less win than their much more talked about cross-town rivals. The Yankees have underachieved to this point in the season because of a strangely unproductive offense. Last night’s one run against R.A. Dickey showed just how bad the Yankees offense can be at times this year. The Mets have won seven of their last nine games overall. Can the Yankees even this three-game set or will the Mets surprise the Yankees a second straight night?

The Mets have Chris Capuano on the mound in this one. Capuano is a left-handed pitcher that relies heavily on hitting his spots. He does not have any overpowering pitches at this point in his career, and he has been inconsistent so far in 2011. David Wright is injured and out of the lineup, but Justin Turner has stepped up and been a huge surprise for the Mets offense over the last few days. Turner was the star of last night’s victory over the Yankees, and he is clearly seeing the ball well right now. Jason Bay and Jose Reyes aren’t hitting that well right now, but Carlos Beltran has been swinging a hot bat this year.

The Yankees lone run in last night’s game was a solo home run by Mark Teixeira. That has been the story of the Yankees offense in 2011. This is a team that almost never manufactures runs, so they rely solely on the home run ball to produce runs. It’s quite amazing that the Yankees don’t have anyone on their roster batting higher than .280. The Yankees need guys like Jorge Posada, Derek Jeter, and Nick Swisher to improve at the plate as the season moves along. It is tough to manufacture runs when you aren’t getting leadoff men on base very often. A.J. Burnett has been much better so far this year than he was last year, and the Yankees hope he can continue that trend.

These two pitchers are both capable of giving up the big inning. Burnett is pitching better, but he still allows a lot of base runners. I think the Yankees will get to the soft-tossing Capuano. I like the Yankees to win, but my favorite play here is over 9.

MLB Free Pick: Mets/Yankees over 9