Baseball is a sport that is dominated by stats and numbers, more than any other, and one good indication of the state of your team at any given time in the season is how far above or below .500 they are. In many sports, flirting with .500 means mediocrity, but in baseball, even being just a few games above that mark at this stage of the season usually means you are in the hunt. Two teams on either side of that mark – the New York Mets and Arizona Diamondbacks – will hook up for a 4-game series in the Big Apple, with game 2 set for Friday night and MLB odds favoring the home team.
New York Mets vs Arizona Diamondbacks MLB Betting Preview
Time: Friday, 9:40 p.m. ET
Venue: Chase Field, Phoenix
National TV: none
Opening line: Diamondbacks -111, Mets +101 (8.5)
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You have to go all the way back to April 19th to find the last time the Arizona Diamondbacks (25-27) found themselves over the magical .500 mark. Since then, they have constantly been chasing it, and it seems that every time they get close, they go and shoot themselves in the foot. Towards the end of May, they won 6 of 7 games to haul themselves to a game under, but then proceeded to lose 4 in a row, including a sweep at the hands of the Cardinals, that left them trying to claw their way back up again. They have managed to do that, though, winning back to back series versus the Milwaukee Brewers and the Atlanta Braves. They showed some real grit against Atlanta, and they are going to need more of the same when they travel to New York. Chase Anderson (1-1, 3.26 ERA) will start for Arizona on Friday. Anderson has been pretty unlucky this season, as he has received very little in the way of run support.
The Mets (29-25) have spent the vast majority of the season well over .500 after getting off to a fantastic start. They have cooled off quite a bit in recent weeks, though, and seem incapable of stringing together a really good run. A sweep of the Phillies was followed up by back to back series losses to the awful Miami Marlins and the San Diego Padres. For a while it looked as though the Washington National were going to start running away with the NL East, but they have cooled off, leaving the Mets just a half game out of top spot. Jonathon Niese (3-5, 4.42 ERA) will take to the mound for the Mets on Friday. The Mets have lost all 5 of Niese’s recent starts, during which the pitcher went 0-4.
Key Betting Trends
Arizona is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Arizona’s last 6 games
Arizona is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Arizona’s last 16 games at home
Arizona is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing NY Mets
NY Mets is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Mets’s last 6 games
NY Mets is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Mets’s last 5 games on the road
NY Mets is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Arizona
Consider This Before Placing Your Bet
While the Diamondbacks have not been that great on the road, they will look at this series as an opportunity to get one over on a team that is struggling to be consistent right now. I like Arizona to come away with the win in this one.