Odds taken from DraftKings.
|Team||Run Spread||Money Line||Total|
|St. Louis Cardinals||+1.5 (-195)||EVEN||O 8.5 (EVEN)|
|New York Mets||-1.5 (+165)||-120||U 8.5 (-120)|
St. Louis hopes to continue its momentum after soundly beating the Giants Sunday night. The Mets, meanwhile, haven’t been stringing wins together in their own right – they haven’t won more than two games in a row since April 27th. But this one comes down to pitching. Miles Mikolas is too good to bet against right now!
Garcia’s 2021 record: (13-8)
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The Mets have been one of the best teams in baseball in 2022. The Cardinals, certainly by their standard, have struggled. But if you’re looking for one area where St. Louis can impose its will, it’s in this pitching matchup.
St. Louis’ starter Miles Mokalis has looked like an All-Star this year, and he enters the game after six straight stellar starts. The 33-year-old is 3-1, and ranks third in the MLB in the ERA (1.49), 11th in the league in WHIP (0.94) and has 31 strikeouts in 42.1 innings.
Mikolas has gone seven innings or more in three of the past four games, has given up two runs or fewer in six straight appearances and has only allowed more than four hits in one of those games.
For the Mets, Trevor Williams has been sub-par this year, but frankly, he’s never been all that reliable in his career. Williams is making just the second start of the year – he’s appeared in four games out of the bullpen – and thus far he’s 0-2 with a 5.73 ERA, 1.64 WHIP and nine strikeouts in 11 innings.
That said, his last time out he was good. Williams threw 3.2 innings, giving up just two hits against the Nationals. He will look to build on that.
The Mets are in first place in the NL East. They have lost consecutive games just once this season and that was back on April 10-11. They’ve been one of the better stories this year, but over the past nearly three weeks they’ve come back to earth.
New York is just 9-8 in its past 17 games and have been outscored by three runs in that stretch (they had outscored their opponents by 38 runs in the first 18 games this season).
Part of the reason for their “struggles”, is four of the team’s best hitters have gone cold over the past week. Francisco Lindor (5-for-26), Jeff McNeil (4-for-24) Mark Canha (3-for-18) and Eduardo Escobar (1-for-24) are a combined 13-for-92 with one home run and two doubles in the past seven days.
St. Louis, meanwhile (prior to Sunday night’s offensive explosion) hadn’t scored all that consistently this season, ranking in the middle of the league (15th) in runs scored.
That said, the Cardinals still have two of the most dominant offensive threats in the game in Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado. Goldschmidtt had three hits Sunday with a home run and a double and now is hitting .312 with a .394 OPS.
Arenado is top 15 in the league in most major stats too, batting .312 (T-15), seven home runs (T-15th), 27 RBIs (T-4th) and .952 OPS (8th).
For New York, we’re going to single out red-hot outfielder Brandon Nimmo. Nimmo went 11-for-24 last week with five walks – a .567 OBP. He’s also been solid against righties all year, batting .291 with a .398 OPS.
On the other side, it’s important to pick someone who excels on the road and that’s Tommy Edman. Edman is hitting .271 away from home with a .368 OPS. and is second on the team in home runs away from home (2) and RBIs (10).
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|St. Louis Cardinals vs New York Mets Information|
|Teams||St. Louis Cardinals vs New York Mets|
|Location||Citi Field, Queens, New York|
|Time||Monday, May 16, 7:10 p.m. EST|
|How to watch||Bally Sports MidWest, SportsNet New York|
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