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MLB Betting Preview: New York Mets vs. St. Louis Cardinals

August 20, 2023



The New York Mets enter this game having won four of their last five games and are on a four-game losing streak which includes a 13-2 win on the road against the St. Louis Cardinals in game three of the series on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the St. Louis Cardinals enter this game having lost four of their last five games and are on a four-game losing streak which includes a 2-13 loss at home against the New York Mets in game three of the series.

BookMaker has the St. Louis Cardinals listed as -145 money line favorites at home against the New York Mets and has set the total for the over/under plays at 9.5 runs. Will the Mets complete the four-game series sweep or will the Cardinals end their four-game losing streak? Let’s take a look at how these teams have fared this season.

New York Mets Team Preview

The New York Mets enter this game with an overall record of 58-66 which puts them in 4th place in the NL East and are coming off a 13-2 win in game three of the series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Offensively, New York scored 13 runs off 13 hits with four of the runs coming in the 5th inning when Daniel Vogelbach hit a grand slam that also scored Brandon Nimmo, Francisco Lindor, and Pete Alonso.

The Mets will send Carlos Carrasco to the mound for game four of the series against the Cardinals on Sunday. Carrasco is 3-6 this season with a 6.40 ERA while recording 62 strikeouts.

St. Louis Cardinals Team Preview

The St. Louis Cardinals enter this game with an overall record of 54-70 which puts them in 5th place in the NL Central and are coming off a 2-13 loss against the New York Mets in game three of the series.

Offensively, the Cardinals scored two runs off five hits which included a one-run home run hit by Nolan Arenado in the 4th inning.

Dakota Hudson will take the mound for St. Louis against New York on Sunday for game four of the series. Hudson is 4-0 on the year with an ERA of 4.03 and has recorded 25 strikeouts.

Series Trends and Game Pick

New York has won seven of the last ten games in the series and has won by an average score of 6.4 to 3.2 in those matchups. The Mets have won the last three games in the series and have won by an average score of 8 to 1.67 in those contests.

The under has hit in six of the last ten games in the series with the teams combining for an average of 9.6 runs per game in those contests. The under has hit in two of the last three games in the series with the teams combining for an average of 9.67 runs per game in those matchups.

New York enters this game with a slightly better record and has been the better team in the series, winning seven of the last ten including the previous three matchups in a row. The Mets have won by an average margin of 3.2 runs per game over the last ten and 6.33 runs per game over the last three games in the series. As a result, I am taking the money line for the New York Mets at +125 on BookMaker for this matchup on Sunday afternoon.

Spooky Express Pick: New York Mets Money Line (+125)