Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets 8/31/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 8/30/2014
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Citi Field in Queens
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Sunday afternoon, A.J. Burnett (7 - 14, 4.30 ERA) gets the call for the Philadelphia Phillies as they face Dillon Gee (5 -6, 3.77 ERA) and the New York Mets. Burnett will make his 29th start of the year and Gee will make his 18th.
A.J. Burnett ended his 6 game losing streak by posting a win in his last start. In the victory, Burnett allowed just a run (on a solo homer) and 3 hits in 7 innings of work. He walked a batter and struck out a season-high 12. It was the best start of the season for Burnett but it still couldn't erase the fact that Burnett is just 2 - 7 in his last 10 starts. Last season, with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Burnett finished the year with a 10 - 11 record and a 3.30 ERA in 30 starts.
In 2013, Burnett pitched to a no-decision in his only start against the Mets. This season, he is 0 - 2 in 3 starts against New York.
Dillon Gee notched the win in his last outing to end his 5 game losing streak. Gee got the victory behind a 6.2 inning effort where he allowed 2 runs on 6 hits. He walked 2 batters but struck out just 1. The win was the first for Gee since mid-July. In his last 10 starts, Gee is just 2 - 5. As the losses piled up, Gee saw his ERA rise over a full point. Last season, Gee was 12 - 11 with a 3.62 ERA in 32 starts.
In 2013, Gee was 1 - 2 with a 9.00 ERA in 4 starts against the Phillies. This season, he is 0 - 1 in 3 starts against Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Phillies Betting Trends
Philadelphia Phillies are 68-54-11 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Philadelphia Phillies is -0.5
New York Mets Betting Trends
New York Mets are 59-60-15 against the Over/Under
Run differential for New York Mets is -0.1
Injuries to Watch
08/01/14 P Cliff Lee Elbow 15-day DL (7/31), out for season
07/22/14 RF John Mayberry Wrist 15-day DL (7/21)
06/20/14 3B Reid Brignac Ankle 15-day DL (6/20)
06/07/14 P Mike Adams Rotator Cuff 60-day DL (6/7)
New York Mets
08/29/14 2B Daniel Murphy Calf 15-day DL (8/25)
08/28/14 P Victor Black Neck 15-day DL (8/24)
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
Josh's Pick: Take New York
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