The New York Mets (22-12) will host the Seattle Mariners (15-18) in the second game of a three-game series on Saturday night. The Mariners took the opening game 2-1 on Friday night.
Mariners pull off big upset in openerThe Seattle Mariners jumped out to an 11-6 record this season but have lost 12 of their last 16 games since. The Mariners fell to the Phillies 4-2 on Wednesday and did not play on Thursday. On Friday, Seattle got a strong outing from starter Marco Gonzales followed by relievers Paul Sewald andDrew Steckenrider, holding the Mets to just one run. The Mariners bats collected four hits with Ty France and Jesse Winker both driving in a run. Seattle is now tied for third in the AL West but far behind the Astros and Angels. On the road, the Mariners' 6-11 record is unimpressive, but they have a promising young starter leading them on Saturday.
George Kirby will be making his second career MLB start on Saturday. On May 8, Kirby tossed six shutout innings in a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in his big league debut. In five minor league starts this season, Kirby went 2-0 with a 1.82 ERA and 0.89 WHIP. The Mariners' bullpen that will back up Kirby is 16th in MLB with a 3.61 ERA. According to fieldingbible.com, the Mariners are the 10th best fielding team with +10 defensive runs saved.
Mets fail to score after first inningThe New York Mets lead the National League in wins, even after falling short on Friday. Max Scherzer tossed seven innings allowing just one earned run, with six strikeouts. Drew Smith who has been outstanding out of the bullpen with a 0.63 ERA, gave up one run in the eighth inning, which was the difference. The Mets only came up with five hits and went 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position. The lone run for the Mets came on a Francisco Lindor sacrifice fly in the first inning.
On Saturday, New York will startChris Bassitt, a 6'5 right-handed native of Toledo, Ohio. In six starts this season, Bassitt is 4-2 with a 2.45 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. On Sunday, Bassitt allowed one earned run in 5 2/3 innings in a 6-1 victory over Philadelphia. The Mets bullpen is ninth in MLB with a 3.29 ERA. According to fieldingbible.com, New York's defense is 16th with +5 runs saved.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
George Kirby doesn't have much experience at the MLB level, but the No. 3 ranked prospect in the organization, according to MLB.com, is going to pose a challenge to the Mets. On the other side, although Chris Bassitt is an ace, this is a tough matchup for him. In 14 career appearances against the Mariners, Bassitt is 1-4 with a 3.98 ERA, and he is 1-2 with a 4.26 ERA in three home starts this season. I expect Seattle to keep this game tight, if not win outright. Take the Mariners on the runline.
Full-Game Total Pick
Runs will be at a premium on Saturday. The Mariners are 27th averaging three runs per game on the road, and the Mets have only allowed more than three runs in two of Chris Bassitt's six starts this season. The Mets are averaging 4.2 runs per game at home but have been held to four runs or less in four straight games. I expect New York's bats to struggle, going against an outstanding young arm in George Kirby that they have never seen before. I like this game to fall below the total.