Both the Mets and Padres put their winning streaks on the line to start this three-game series tonight at Petco Park. New York is at the top of the NL East and recently split a four-game series with the Dodgers in LA, winning the last two matchups. After breaking a four-game skid, the Padres just won three out of four over the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Mets have led their division all season and currently have a comfortable 8.5 game lead over the second-place Atlanta Braves, who are on their own winning streak of five games. San Diego is second in the NL West and, thanks to the recent help from the Mets, has moved to within two games of the division leaders with a three-game winning streak.
New York continues their seven-game road trip out west against the two best teams in the NL West Division. After losing the first two games against the Dodgers, they split the series and now hope to keep their streak alive on Monday night. Even with all the injuries to their starting pitchers, they’ve managed to hold off the defending champion Braves in the NL East.
At least the Mets still have veteran Carlos Carrasco healthy after an injury-plagued 2021 season. He makes the start tonight for New York and is the leader of this staff with a 6-1 record and 3.63 ERA. He has 51 strikeouts in 57 innings pitched and has given up just three home runs this season.
Jeff McNeil leads the team in batting average with .311, and Pete Alonso has 16 homers and 54 RBIs, which leads the Majors.
San Diego took three out of four from the Brewers in their last series and has now moved to within two games of the Dodgers for the division lead. They won against the Brewers last night in dramatic fashion as Jake Cronenworth hit a three-run homer in the tenth inning to take the win in Milwaukee.
Manny Machado leads the Padres in all major offensive categories and is batting .333 with nine home runs and 32 RBIs. In addition, he leads them in hits with 66 and OBP at .409. Joe Musgrove has been the dominant pitcher for the Padres and is 6-0 in ten starts with a 1.64 ERA, which is third in baseball.
The Mets are 8-2 straight up in their last ten games, and the total has gone over in nine of their previous 13 games. The total has gone under for the Padres in five of their last six games at home, and they are 8-3 in their previous 11 games against NL East opponents.
This should be a close matchup with two offenses putting up a lot of runs recently. However, both teams also have winning streaks on the line tonight as the Padres are slight favorites at home. Blake Snell takes the mound looking to improve his 0-2 record for his first victory this season against the powerful Mets lineup.
Godds Pick/Prediction: The Padres will win, and the total goes over.