The goal of any team and their MLB betting fans at the top of their division is to clinch as soon as humanly possible. The last thing you want to be doing is trying to win games that could make or break you season in the middle of September. The New York Mets are pretty comfortable at the top of the NL East right now, and they have a schedule ahead of them that could see them clinch sooner rather than later. They will welcome in the Boston Red Sox for a 3-game series that starts on Friday night.
Sneak Peak at the Boston Red Sox at New York Mets MLB Lines Prediction & TV InfoDate/Time: August 28, 7:10 PM ETVenue: Citi Field, New York City, New YorkTV: SNY, MLBNRadio: 710 WOR, WEPN 1050 (Sp.)Opening Lines: Mets -193, Red Sox +183
The Mets (70-56) are on a roll right now, and have built up a solid 6.5 game lead at the top of the division. Not only are they winning games, they are doing so in some considerable style, having cranked out 64 runs in their current 6-game winning streak. They will finish up a series in Philadelphia on Thursday night, where they will have the opportunity to head home with an 8-1 record on their 9-game road trip. Their next 3 series come against the Red Sox, Marlins, and Washington Nationals.
A win in all 3 of those series could well mean a division lead that Washington will not be able to overcome. Matt Harvey (11-7, 2.57 ERA) will be back on the mound after sitting out his last scheduled start. Harvey has been magnificent, and has given up just 4 earned runs in his last 5 starts.
It is a period of change for the Boston Red Sox (58-69), as they now have a new president running the show, and a new GM just around the corner. Players who want to remain part of the Red Sox family are going to have to show what they are made of coming down the stretch. The signs so far are pretty positive, as Boston has now either won or split all 4 of their previous series. They are 6-4 in their last 10 games, and are proving that they are a team that you dismiss at your own peril.
This is a team that will not be in the playoffs, but which can still have a major impact on who gets in and who doesn’t. This is a series that the Mets should win, but it’s also one where they are going to have to be very careful. Henry Owens (2-1, 4.50 ERA) will be making just his 5th career start on Friday.
Key Betting Trends
- NY Mets is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 9 of NY Mets’s last 10 games
- The total has gone OVER in 14 of Boston’s last 16 games
- Boston is 4-13 SU in its last 17 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston’s last 5 games on the road
Consider This Before Placing Your Bet
The Red Sox are playing better ball right now, but they are still not good enough to stop the Mets juggernaut. I like New York to win this one quite comfortably.