Starting Pitchers: San Diego Padres (Richard) vs. New York Mets (Santana)
Date/Time: May 26th, 1:10 PM EST
Television: MLB Network
Moneyline: Padres (+140) Mets (-150)
MLB Betting Game Trends
San Diego Padres
- San Diego is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
- San Diego is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Diego’s last 5 games when playing NY Mets
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Diego’s last 6 games when playing on the road against NY Mets
New York Mets
- NY Mets are 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 13 of NY Mets’s last 18 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Mets’s last 5 games at home
- NY Mets are 8-4 SU in its last 12 games at home
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Mets’s last 5 games when playing San Diego
The MLB betting series for the San Diego Padres and the New York Mets continues on Saturday afternoon in the Big Apple in a game that will be shown live on the MLB Network.
The Padres aren’t exactly the greatest offensive team in the world, and on the road, the squad has been a woeful 5-13 on the campaign. That being said, both of those troubles went up in smoke on Friday night, as the Pads came up with 11 runs in a romp of the Mets here at Citi Field. It is going to be a lot tougher to come up with a victory this time around though, especially knowing that Clayton Richard is going to be the man on the bump. Richard was one of the key cogs in the deal that sent Jake Peavy to the Chicago White Sox three years ago, but it just hasn’t panned out for him. He is just 7-14 in his 27 starts in the last two seasons, and this year, his ERA is a dreadful 4.63. Richard has pitched better of late, allowing just two runs in seven or more innings, but he still has led the team to just two wins this year.
The Mets are probably overachieving this year at 24-21, but they deserve all of the credit in the world for hanging in there in the face of the toughest division in the league. That being said, these are the types of series that really should be won more often than not, and dropping by six runs on Friday was a disappointing start to a home stand that comes on the heels of winning three of the last four games on a six-game road trip. Johan Santana has just one win thus far on the season, but it is clear that he is a healthier pitcher now than he has been in years, and he should still be considered a real threat to pitch a gem every time out. Santana has thrown at least six innings in six straight starts after allowing six runs in just 1.1 innings of work on April 17th. Take that start away, and Santana would be boasting an ERA right around 2.00 and a WHIP of around 1.10. He has 53 strikeouts in 50.0 innings of work, and Santana is about 8-10 starts away from getting to 2,000 strikeouts in his career. He is just 2-3 against the Padres in his career, but he does have a 2.47 ERA to show for his 47.1 innings of work against them.
Santana is clearly the better of these two pitchers, and it is going to show on Saturday. Expect to see the Mets get back on track to level this series at a game apiece going into the rubber match on Sunday.
San Diego Padres @ New York Mets Pick: New York Mets (-150)
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