There are going to be times during the course of the MLB season when every team in the league has some sort of issue that they need to deal with on the field. Those tend to be easier to fix than off-field issues, as those can often enter the clubhouse and cause disruptions that lead to problems on the field that cannot be fixed. The New York Mets and the Pittsburgh Pirates have both had off-field issues, and it has had a definite negative effect on their seasons. For the Mets, they situation with pitcher Matt Harvey is one that continues to be divisive, while the Pirates are struggling to replace Starling Marte, who was suspended for 80 games for violating the league’s substance abuse rules. Both of these teams have fallen off the pace in their respective divisions, and both need a positive run of form if they are to get back into things. This weekend might be a good time for them to get started with the latest MLB betting run lines.
In Depth Analysis On The 2017 MLB Expert Predictions For Mets At Pirates
When: Saturday, May 27 at 7:15 PM EST
Where: PNC Park, Pittsburgh
Starting Pitchers: Zack Wheeler Vs Geritt Cole
Radio: 710 WOR, ESPN Deportes, KDKA-FM 93.7
Live Stream: MLB.TV
MLB Odds: New York Mets -1½ (+110)
Why bet on the New York Mets
The New York Mets (19-26) are trying to move on from the Harvey situation, but in fairness to them, it is hard to do when they have so many injuries to deal with. This has been a nightmare start to the season for them in a number of different respects, and they now find themselves 8.5 games back of the Washington Nationals at the top of the division. There are no real signs of a recovery either, as the Mets are a rather miserable 3-7 in their last 10 games. Heading out on the road is also not particularly appealing, as they are just 8-11 away from home this season. It will be Zack Wheeler (3-2, 3.74 ERA) who will get the start for the Mets on Saturday.
Why bet on the Pittsburgh Pirates
It looks as though it might be the end of an era for the Pittsburgh Pirates (22-26), as they are without Marte, and appear to be actively looking for a trade partner to offload the benched Andrew McCutchen. Oddly enough, despite their poor start to the year, they are still within reach of the division lead, sitting 2.5 games back of the Chicago Cubs on top. Pittsburgh are coming off back to back wins against the Braves, although they only managed to split the 4-game series. It’ll be good for the Pirates to get back home, where they are 12-9 so far this season, and a win in his series could still keep them within reach of the division lead. Gerrit Cole (2-5, 3.36 ERA) will start for the Pirates.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
These are two teams in need of a positive run, and it has been the Pirates who look the most likely to do so. I like them to get the win in this one.