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MLB Betting Preview: Cincinnati Reds vs. New York Mets
September 16, 2023
In the second matchup of their three-game series, the Cincinnati Reds are set to face off against the New York Mets. Will the Reds be able to secure a victory away from home?
Date: Game 2 on September 16, 2023 at 7:10 PM ET
Location: Citi Field in Queens, New York
Cincinnati Reds Betting Preview
The Reds are still within playoff reach but need to confuse winning games. Their performances against the Detroit Tigers in the previous series were solid, but they need to improve in these matchups.
They have demonstrated their plate prowess with a commendable .247 batting average and an impressive slugging percentage of .412. When facing off against the Mets, this provides them with a competitive edge.
However, their pitching department requires a significant boost to secure a spot in the playoffs, given their .255 batting average against and an ERA hovering around 4.74. While this might be sufficient for a showdown with the Mets, it is imperative they strive for better outcomes.
On the bright side, their OBP stands strong at .325, indicating a consistent ability to get on base. Interestingly, this statistic outshines the Mets' performance.
New York Mets Betting Preview
The Mets are not in any shape for the playoffs, but they can still cause problems for teams that are, such as the Reds. They recently showed the Arizona Diamondbacks those problems, as they won three out of four to give them a boost for this series.
Their batting prowess is somewhat lacking, with an average of .238 and a slugging percentage of .409, making their offense less formidable compared to the Reds.
Their pitching performance is not without its challenges, as they allow opponents to hit .248 and maintain an ERA of 4.37. However, these stats are slightly superior to the Mets, which could prove crucial in this matchup.
Although their OBP stands at a respectable .319, the Mets must prioritize their pitching to counter the Reds' desire for an offensive showdown. Slowing down the game may be the key to success.
Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick
MyBookie's insights indicate that the Cincinnati Reds are poised for a narrow chance of triumph in this matchup. In contrast to market analysis, the Reds have a 52.2 percent probability of emerging victorious in the second game.
New York Mets: +114
Cincinnati Reds: -135
The Mets are about 30 games back from the leading Atlanta Braves in the NL East, while the Reds are roughly seven back from the leading Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central. The Reds just need to be in second place to have a shot at the playoffs, which is currently held by the Chicago Cubs who are about three games ahead of them.
Final Pick: Take the Cincinnati Reds to Win at -135
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