There are certainly times when how the other teams perform in the division is just as important as how your team does. The perfect example this can be found in the East divisions in the AL and NL, as there doesn’t seem to be any team that seems willing or capable of running away with things. That all adds up to tight division races that allow teams to withstand a little losing skid here and there. Two teams, the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets, are in the middle of a 4-game interleague series. Here’s your MLB betting lines preview for Game 3 goes on Wednesday in the Big Apple.
A Quick Preview on the MLB Odds Report on New York Mets at Toronto Blue JaysTime: Wednesday June 17, 7:07 p.m. ETVenue: Rogers Centre, Toronto, OntarioNational TV: SNET, SNYOpening line: New York -145, Toronto +135The Toronto Blue Jays (34-31) have been a fun team to watch this season, although their fans might suggest that frustrating would be a better term to use. This is a team that can score runs at will, but who have been repeatedly let down by the performance of their pitching staff. The Jays were able to put all of that aside and go on an 11-game win streak that hauled them right into the thick of the division title race. It was the Mets that brought the run to an end, although they did require extra innings to get the job done. The unfortunate thing for the Jays is that other teams in the division have come to life at the same time, which means they still find themselves a couple games back of the Rays. Drew Hutchison (5-1, 5.70 ERA) will start for the Jays on Wednesday, and will need to be much better than he was last time out, when he was hammered by the Red Sox in just 2.1 innings of work.The New York Mets (35-30) have been up and down all season long, but it is their performance against division foes that has them nursing a 1.5 game lead atop the division. That being said, the inconsistent play of the other teams in the NL East has certainly played a role in them being able to stay at the top. The Mets are .500 on their current 9-game road trip, and a win on Tuesday versus the Jays would have them heading home pretty happy about how things went. A loss, though, could once again ignite a Blue Jays team that is nothing short of red hot at the plate right now. Jonathon Niese (3-6, 4.24 ERA) will be the man charged with trying to cool off the Blue Jays offense on Wednesday, but he has not been particularly effective as of late.
Key Betting Trends
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto’s last 5 games when playing on the road against NY Mets
- Toronto is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Mets’s last 5 games when playing at home against Toronto
- NY Mets is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Toronto