The Mets and Reds wrap up their three-game series at Great American Ballpark tonight. New York took Game 1 with a 7-4 victory, and the Reds spoiled Max Scherzer’s return from the injured list to take a 1-0 win in last night’s game.
New York has a slim 2.5-game lead over the Braves in the NL East, while the Reds sit at the bottom of the NL Central, 17.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers.
New York has cooled off considerably and is 3-5 in their last eight games. After losing three straight, they most recently took the series from the Texas Rangers at home. The Reds have won two of their previous three games since their last four-game losing streak.
The Mets are now 5-5 in their last ten games but are still holding off the Atlanta Braves in the NL East standings and lead them by just 2.5 games.
However, their bats went cold in last night’s defeat, as they suffered their first shutout since losing to the Houston Astros last week. They are also 3-4 in their previous seven road games.
Pete Alonso is the top batter for the Mets this season and has 22 home runs and 69 RBIs. Jeff McNeil is fourth in the Majors in batting and leads New York with a .319 average.
Chris Bassitt leads Mets starting pitchers with a 4.01 ERA and 95 strikeouts, and Carlos Carrasco is the team leader in wins with nine. David Peterson is 5-1 with a 3.24 ERA and will get the start in tonight’s fame for New York.
Cincinnati has been in last place in the NL Central for the entire first half of the season, and their 28-52 record has them in the basement of the division.
They also have one of the worst home records in the National League at 14-26. A series win against the Mets would give them a head start on their long journey up from the bottom of the standings.
Brandon Drury is the leading man at the plate for the Reds and has 17 home runs and 45 RBIs. Kyle Farmer is the best at the plate on average, batting .280 on the season.
Tyler Mahle leads Cincinnati with a 4.48 ERA on the mound and also has 102 strikeouts, while Graham Ashcraft has a 4-2 record on the mound and leads the team in wins. He will also get the start on the mound in tonight’s game.
The total has gone under in four of the Mets’ last six games, and they are 4-2 in their previous six games on the road in Cincinnati.
The total has gone under for the Reds in four of the last six games against the NL East, and they are 2-11 in their previous 13 games at home.
New York has the advantage on the mound against Ashcraft, who gave up seven runs in 2.1 innings in his last start. Cincinnati hopes to win their second straight and take a rare series win at home against the struggling Mets.
Godds Pick/Prediction: The Mets will win, and the total goes over.