We have only nine games on the MLB schedule for Monday, August 22, but one of them is extremely attractive, so make sure you don’t miss a thing and get the best Mets vs. Yankees betting pick and odds.
The Mets and the Yankees will play the first of a two-game series at Yankee Stadium, and the Mets are -165 moneyline favorites on BetOnline Sportsbook, while the total is set at 7 runs. These city and interleague foes have met twice this season, and the Mets won both duels at Citi Field.
Mets edged the Phillies to win the series
The New York Mets won three of four games against the Philadelphia Phillies, which is the second time in a week they won the series over Philly. The Mets fortified the leading spot in the NL East with four wins ahead of the Atlanta Braves and are still in the race for the top of the NL. The Dodgers are in a pole position at the moment, but that could change in the next month.
Nate Fisher, a rookie pitcher who had his debut in a 10-9 victory over the Phillies, was the highlight of this game. He was working in the Ohio bank a year ago, and now he pitched three scoreless innings, allowing only one hit in a relief appearance. Jose Butto, another rookie debutant, started the tilt but was torched by the Phillies for seven runs on nine hits with five strikeouts and two walks across 4.0 innings. Mark Canha was outstanding on offense with two homers and five RBIs. He scored a two-run homer in the 9th to give the Mets a lead.
Max Scherzer (9-2) will take the mound for the 18th time this year when he faces the Yankees on Monday. The 38-year-old righty owns a stellar 2.15 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 134/20 K/BB ratio over 109.0 innings of work.
Yankees avoided being swept by the Blue Jays
The New York Yankees will want to forget August after some terrible performances this month. They are in the worst form since the start of the season, losing 14 of the last 18 games. The Yankees are not in jeopardy of losing the top spot in the division, but the Houston Astros are now leading the AL and it seems that they will remain at the top.
The Yankees managed to defeat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 in the final of a four-game series at home and avoid the series sweep after losing the first three duels. The Yankees scored miserable four runs in those three defeats and it’s clear that their offense is not working at the moment. Nestor Cortes had another quality start as he surrendered only a run on three hits with five strikeouts and a walk in 6.0 innings. Lou Trivino was credited with the win, his second of the year. Andrew Benintendi blasted a two-run homer in the 7th to give the Yankees a 4-2 lead, which they kept for the remainder of the game.
Domingo German (1-2) is starting for the Yankees on Monday – it will be his 7th start of the year. The 30-year-old right-hander has a 4.45 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and a 23/9 K/BB ratio over 28.1 innings.
- 4-0 in the last four road games vs. a right-handed starter
- 4-1 in the last five interleague games
- 8-1 in the last nine Monday games
- 1-4 in the last five vs. National League East opponents
- 0-5 in the last five games following a win
- 0-6 in the last 6 interleague games
New York Mets vs. New York Yankees Pick
Scherzer allowed a season-high four earned runs in his latest start against Atlanta and will be desperate to bounce back in this city derby. Luckily for him, he is facing the Yankees’ disappointing offense that is not batting well right now, and he already dominated them in seven shutout innings a month ago. German did allow a couple of runs across 4.2 innings in his previous start against the Mets, and the Mets offense doesn’t have problems at-bat, so I am backing the visitors to take this one without much trouble.
Pick: Take the Mets -1.5 Run Line at +105
Another strong display from Scherzer is on the cards here as he should easily last six or seven innings. He allows a .212 batting average to the Yankees’ batters throughout his career with only five home runs in 212 at-bats. Domingo German is not bad at all against the Mets as well, he is .195 AB against them. That said, I don’t expect to see a high-scoring affair on Monday. The Yankees are losing a lot of games lately, but most of them were low-scoring. Under is 9-2-1 in the Yankees’ last 12 overall.Pick: Go Under 7 runs at +100