New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Guy Bruhn - 5/28/2014
Thursday, May 29, 7:05 PM on SNY, CSPh
Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
New York Mets - Wheeler, Z (1-5) vs. Philadelphia Phillies - Buchanan, D (1-0)
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Thursday night, the New York Mets will take the field behind Zack Wheeler as they face the Philadelphia Phillies and David Buchanan. Wheeler will be making his 11th start as Buchanan makes his 2nd career start.
Zack Wheeler took his 2nd straight loss in his last start and that dropped his record to 1 – 5 with an ERA of 4.63. In his last outing, Wheeler allowed 3 runs on 6 hits in 6.2 innings of work as he walked 1 while striking out 7. Wheeler threw 118 pitches for the 2nd time in 3 starts and that is way over his season average of 100.3 pitches per start. Last season, Wheeler averaged 101.6 pitches per start in 17 starts as he posted a record of 7 – 5 and an ERA of 3.42.
In 2013, Wheeler was 0 - 1 with a 3.18 ERA in 2 starts against the Phillies. Wheeler has pitched well against the Philadelphia lineup, holding them to a .235 batting average with 8 hits, a home run and 4 RBIs in 34 at-bats.
David Buchanan picked up the win in his Major League debut after a decent outing for a young pitcher. In that start, he allowed 2 runs on 5 hits in 5 innings without issuing a walk and striking out 2. And with Phillies’ starter Cliff Lee out for the foreseeable future, Buchanan should get the chance to make a few more starts this season. Buchanan was 5 – 1 with a 3.98 ERA in 9 starts for Philadelphia’s Triple-A affiliate in Lehigh Valley before getting called up.
The rookie right-hander should be able to handle the Mets if he studies the scouting report and takes whatever advice the rest of the pitching staff has to offer.
New York Mets Betting Trends
New York Mets are 21-20-9 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for New York Mets is -0.3
Philadelphia Phillies Betting Trends
Philadelphia Phillies are 24-19-5 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Philadelphia Phillies is -0.6
Injuries to Watch
New York Mets
05/26/14 LF Eric Young Hamstring 15-day DL
05/15/14 C Travis d'Arnaud Concussion 7-day DL (5/13)
05/14/14 P Dillon Gee Side 15-day DL (5/11)
05/13/14 P Gonzalez Germen Virus 15-day DL (5/12)
04/01/14 P Bobby Parnell Elbow 15-day DL (4/1), out for season
03/28/14 P Matt Harvey Elbow 60-day DL (3/30), out for season
05/25/14 3B Cody Asche Hamstring 15-day DL (5/23)
05/24/14 P Luis Garcia Forearm 15-day DL (5/22)
05/20/14 P Cliff Lee Elbow 15-day DL (5/20)
05/13/14 2B Freddy Galvis Collarbone out 6-8 weeks
03/28/14 P Miguel Gonzalez Shoulder 60-day DL (3/21)
Guy's Pick: Take New York
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