Mets vs. Royals MLB Pick – August 16th

Even the New York Mets woke up at Atlanta last night with a 10-8 win over the Braves.

They needed the win to avoid a sweep before going into Kansas City for a weekend series against the Royals. It was not simple in the end, but they ultimately got the work done. The Braves scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 9th to make it a 10-8 game with the tying run at the plate.
That was as long as the Braves got to the Mets, however. It was an important victory for the Mets, as they risked going to a four-game losing series immediately after their 15-1 run. Even though they caught flame, the Metropolitans have a good deal of work left whenever they want to be playing in the Wild Card Game.
Even the Mets are down by two games in the National League, together with the Phillies, Brewers, and Cubs between them and a wildcard. After doing an excellent job of coming back to make a case at going to the postseason, it’d bite if the Mets do miss out on moving into the Wild Card Game.
They had been six matches when they obtained Marcus Stroman, and hence the front office was confident even at that point. It certainly sent a message across the franchise that they were not only going to give up in their year. Stroman has been involved in a win in all three of his starts with the Mets. Last night was his best effort as a Met, using allowed 2 earned runs in 5.1 innings of work.
What makes the Mets harmful is what they can do with their rotation. After turning into Stroman previous night, the Mets proceed with another above average hurler at Noah Syndergaard against the Royals this evening. Syndergaard was heating up lately. We’ll see if that proceeds at Kauffman Stadium in such a one. The Royals will counter with veteran Mike Montgomery. Head below for our complimentary Mets vs. Royals select.
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Total on the season in 2019, Syndergaard was a competent pitcher and been than more satisfactory to the Mets. However, he was not pitching at an elite level or expected level of creation. I believe part of the blame had to be with all the distractions from the media regarding trade rumors. There were times, in accordance with national pundits, it was a lock which Syndergaard was on the exit. There was some smoke with no fire.
Syndergaard continues to be in his best most recently, as he looks to improve to a 1.27 ERA and 0.89 WHIP in his previous three outings. The pitcher known as Thor, has surrendered less than 3 runs in five of his past six starts. He has been on the road, submitting a 3.53 ERA and 1.14 WHIP as opposed to a 4.23 ERA along with 1.28 WHIP in Citi Field.
The Royals’ offense has scored two runs on Syndergaard at 26 at-bats. I really don’t anticipate the 27th greatest offense in the Categories to be able to do much harm against Syndergaard tonight. He has been enjoying with his very best baseball of the year and it likely doesn’t slow down from the Royals.
On the other hand, Mike Montgomery was pitching well lately too. Montgomery enters with a 3.31 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in his last few showings. Maybe not on Syndergaard’s level of productivity, however for his regular, that’s definitely not poor. He must know about this lineup that have done exceptionally well against lefties.
The Mets are hitting .269 against left-handed pitching and Montgomery has not been at his finest in KC this year. Montgomery carries a 4.82 ERA and 1.50 WHIP at Kauffman Stadium to Friday night. Ahead of being traded by the Cubs, Montgomery submitted an ERA of 5.67 in 27 innings from the bullpen. He has been much better with the Royals, but not spectacularly better with a 4.63 ERA and 1-3 record. Look for the Mets to open up a direct and get out of Friday night with a win by 2 or more runs.

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