New York (Syndergaard) -140 at Pittsburgh (Tallion) O/U 7
Recommendation: New York
The Pittsburgh Pirates host the New York Mets for the final game of a compressed three-game series. Due to inclement weather and this being the only trip the Mets will make to Pittsburgh, yesterday was a double header with the home town Pirates winning back-to-back 3-1 games. The Pirates will give Francisco Liriano an extra day of rest on Wednesday and line up the rest of the rotation following the doubleheader by promoting one of their top pitching prospects, Jameson Taillon. The 24-year-old earned his way to the majors by going 4-2 with a 2.04 ERA in 10 starts for Triple-A Indianapolis. An interesting tidbit, he was the No. 2 overall draft pick in 2010 between Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. Safe to say, he comes with a ton of hype. Unfortunately for Taillon, he is matched up against one of the best pitchers in the game in Mets starter Noah Syndergaard who has been absolutely dominant this year posting a 1.91 ERA with 90 strikeouts in just over 70 innings. Syndergaard has only thrown a total of 50 pitches since a 100-plus pitch outing on May 22 vs. the Brewers because of an early ejection on May 28 vs. the Dodgers. Even if the hard throwing righty does not make it eight or nine innings the Mets hold a sizable advantage out of the bullpen. The Mets relievers have posted a top 10 in MLB 1.20 WHIP, compared to the Pirates who are in the bottom third in MLB with a bullpen WHIP of 1.36. The betting markets are handing this young unproven Pirates prospect too much respect giving us a favorable price on one of the best arms in the league. I recommend a wager on the New York Mets to avoid the sweep.