Game two of this interleague series sees the Mets (60-72, 32-31 home) and Rangers (74-57, 32-33 away) facing off at Citi Field. The starting pitcher for the Mets will be José Quintana, while the Rangers are turning to Andrew Heaney. Find out who I like to win in this New York Mets and Texas Rangers showdown.
TEXAS RANGERS VS NEW YORK METS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Texas Rangers -133
This game will be played at Citi Field at 7:10 ET on Tuesday, August 29th.
WHY BET THE TEXAS RANGERS:
- Coming into the game, the Mets have gone just 2-3 in their last five home games.
- Looking at the Rangers’ last five games as the underdog, they are just 1-4.
- The Rangers have gone 1-2 in José Quintana’s last three starts.
TEXAS RANGERS TRYING TO CLOSE GAP IN AL WEST
This season, the Rangers have played a total of 42 series and are above .500 at 24-16-2. On the road, Texas is 32-33 and 42-24 at home. Their overall record of 74-57 has the Rangers sitting 2nd in the AL West.
Andrew Heaney is making his 26th start of the season, boasting a 9-6 record. His ERA stands at 4.34, with opponents hitting .247 against him. On the road, he has gone 3-3 with a 5.48 ERA, while at home he is 6-3 with an ERA of 3.22. For the season, teams have a slugging percentage of .449 when facing Heaney.
Andrew Heaney pitched 4 1/3 innings in his last outing, but the Rangers ultimately fell to the Twins 7-5. Although Heaney was unable to secure a win, he put together a solid performance, giving up three runs on seven hits and earning a no-decision.
So far this season, the Rangers’ has gone deep 182 times, placing them 7th in the league. Over Texas’ previous five games, they are 18th in runs scored, with their season average of 5.6 runs per game putting them 2nd in the league. The Rangers’ overall team batting average stands at .268 along with an OBP of .338.
The Rangers’ leader in hits, Marcus Semien, has been a consistent presence at the plate this season. His batting average stands at .277 while his slugging percentage is .461 and on-base percentage is .348.
WILL THE NEW YORK METS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
The Mets head into today’s game looking to build on their above .500 record at home (32-31). Their overall record of 60-72 has them placed 5th in the NL East. Through 43 series, the Mets are 15-23-5.
Today marks José Quintana’s eighth outing of the season, and his record is 1-5. His ERA is 3.73 and opponents have a .322 OBP against him. Quintana has fanned 30 batters and his WHIP is 1.39. On the road, his ERA sits at 4.30 while it drops to 2.55 when he pitches at home.
After taking a defeat at the hands of the Braves, José Quintana was unable to contain the opposition, surrendering five runs on nine hits across 5 1/3 innings.
The Mets have been one of the top power lineups in the league of late, having hit 4 home runs over their last five games. Compared to other clubs, this is 9th best in that span. For the season, they are ranked 11th in home runs and 19th in slugging percentage. Overall, New York is averaging 4.4 runs per game (18th).
Over the Mets’ last five games, DJ Stewart has been their most prolific home run hitter, with one long ball. This season, he has totaled seven homers and boasts a .268 batting average.