You know your team is having a pretty good year when they can go on a losing streak and still maintain their standing at or near the top of the division. That is exactly what is happening with the San Francisco Giants and the New York Mets right now. Both are slumping, yet they are both in the thick of things atop their respective divisions. They will meet for a 3-game series in New York, with the first game set for Tuesday night and the Mets listed as MLB betting favorites.
Inside Look at the San Francisco Giants at NY Mets MLB Spread Analysis & TV Info
Time: Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. ET
Venue: Citi Field, New York
National TV: none
Opening line: Mets -139, Giants +129 (7)
— New York Mets (@Mets) June 8, 2015
The World Champion Giants (32-26) were starting to look unbeatable at the end of May. They went on a run where they picked up 14 wins in 16 games, but inexplicably then lost back to back games to the Atlanta Braves at home, which they then followed up with a sweep at the hands of the Pittsburgh Pirates. They did manage to right the ship a little by taking 2 of 3 from the Phillies on the road, but that bump in the road cost them the lead in the NL West, where the Dodgers are now back on top with a half-game lead. The good news for the Giants is that Jake Peavy and Matt Cain are about ready to return from the DL, at which point this team can start thinking about making another big run. Chris Heston (5-4, 4.29 ERA) will get the start on Tuesday, and will be looking to bounce back from the loss he took in his last start.
The Mets (31-27) looked like world beaters at the start of the season, but they have since gone off the boil quite a bit. Their good start, combined with a poor run of form by the Washington Nationals, has seen them land back atop the NL East, albeit with a slim half-game lead. At just 4-6 in their last 10 games, the Mets are probably surprised to be back on top, but they have a real chance to pad that lead when they return back home for an 8-game home stand that begins against the Giants on Tuesday. The Mets have put together an impressive 21-8 record at home this season, and will continue to flirt with first place for as long as they can maintain that sort of winning percentage. The Mets will hand the ball to Noah Syndergaard (2-3, 3.77 ERA) on Tuesday. Syndergaard was hammered by the Padres in his last start a week ago.
Key Betting Trends
San Francisco is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games
San Francisco is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Francisco’s last 7 games
San Francisco is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
NY Mets is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Consider This Before Placing Your Bets
The Giants may not be playing their best ball right now, but you get the sense that this is just a minor dip in their form. They are certainly good enough to win this series, and I like them to get it off to a winning start on Tuesday.