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#977 Detroit Tigers 8.5 vs.
#978 New York Mets -170
Sunday, May 26, 2019 at 1:10pm EDT
Written by David Hess

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MLB interleague action on Sunday afternoon and the American League Central will duke it out with the National League East as the Detroit Tigers grapple with the New York Mets in the final game of their three-game series from Citi Field in New York. These teams split the first two games of this series.

Pitching Matchup: The Tigers will trot out Spencer Turnbull (2-3, 2.68 ERA) and he will be opposed by Zack Wheeler (3-3, 4.74 ERA).

Back To :Losing For The Tigers

The Detroit Tigers came into this series riding a nine-game losing streak and were able to snap the Skid with a 9-8 win in game one. It is now back to losing for the Tigers after they fell to the Mets in game two by a score of 5-4 in 13 innings. The Tigers had their chances in the top of the 12th as they had the bases loaded with one out, but couldn’t take the lead. The Tigers have now allowed a whopping 7.63 rpg over their last 11 completed games. That will not get it done, especially with an offense that has been among the worst in the league this year. The Tigers are now at 19-30 on the year and 15 games out of first in the American League Central.

The Tigers had 14 hits and drew seven walks in the loss, but they also struck out 11 times and hit into three double plays. Dawel Lugo had four hits in the game but no runs scored or RBIs, while Brandon Dixon (4) launched a two-run homer to lead the offense. Ryan Carpenter had a solid start as he allowed just two runs (one earned) on two hits and no walks while striking out five in 5.0 innings of work, but was saddled with the no-decision. Taking the loss was Buck Farmer (3-4, 4.71 ERA).

Taking the hill for the Tigers will be Spencer Turnbull and he has gone 2-3 with a 2.68 ERA in 10 starts on the year, including 2-1 with a 2.49 ERA in four starts on the road. In his career, he has gone 2-2 with a 2.91 ERA in seven games (six starts) on the road and 1-1 with a 3.22 ERA in four interleague starts, plus 0-5 with a 4.83 ERA in eight day starts. This will be his first meeting with the Tigers.

The Tigers have been poor on offense so far as they come in ranked 29th in the league in scoring, putting up 3.41 rpg, while also ranking 25th in hitting at .224 and 29th in homers with 39. On the mound, they have been poor as they rank 24th in the league in ERA at 5.00, while also ranking 25th in WHIP at 1.42 and 27th in K’s with 389. Their pen ranks 27th in ERA at 5.57.

Nido Lifts Mets Over Tigers In 13

The Philadelphia Phillies are starting to play very well again and so the Mets cannot afford to lose home games to the lowly Tigers if they hope to catch the Phils in the division. New York did take a loss in game one of this series, but they fought back with a 5-4 win in 13 innings in game two. Tomas Nido was the hero as his 2nd homer of the year was a walk-off shot in the bottom of the 13th. Wilson Ramos also had a big game as he launched two homers and drove in four runs. He now has five dingers on the year.

The Mets won despite getting out-hit 14-7 in the contest. Jason Vargas had a solid outing as he allowed just one ER on five hits and three walks with three strikeouts, but took the no-decision in the contest. Hector Santiago pitched two shutout innings to grab the win and is now 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA on the year. New York has now won five of their last six games, but they are still 5.5 games out of first in the National League East.

Zack Wheeler will toe the slab for the Mets and he has gone 3-3 with a 4.74 ERA in 10 starts on the year, including 2-1 with a 4.55 ERA in five starts here at home. In his career, he has gone 15-21 with a 4.27 ERA in 50 starts here at Citi Field and 4-7 with a 4.61 ERA in 19 starts during the month of May, plus 4-4 with a 5.05 ERA in 15 interleague starts and 11-13 with a 4.01 ERA in 37 day starts.

The Mets have been a below average offensive team so far as they come in ranked 17th in the league in scoring, putting up 4.60 rpg, while also ranking 17th in hitting at .245 and 20th in homers with 61. On the mound, they have been below average as they come in ranked 21st in the league in ERA at 4.50, while also ranking 19th in WHIP at 1.35 and 9th in K’s with 466. The bullpen ranks 21st in the league with a 4.47 ERA.

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The Tigers have played tough in this series, but the fact is that they are still just 1-10 over their last 11 games and the Mets need this game if they hope to stay in the race in the National League East. New York has struggled of late overall and Zach Wheeler has not pitched well in his home park in his career, but the Tigers are not a good offensive team and that should allow Wheeler to have a good showing in this one. Spencer Turnbull has pitched well this year, but the New York offense has been hot as they have averaged 5.83 rpg over their last six games. Take the Mets in this one.

Prediction: New York -175

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Going to look at the Over in this one. Spencer Turnbull has pitched well for the Tigers, but he is facing a hot offense in this one and I see the Mets tagging him and his horrid pen for several runs. The Mets have Zack Wheeler on the mound and he has a 4.27 ERA in his career in this park and that should allow the Detroit offense to get a few, plus the Mets have a bad pen as well. The Over is 5-1 in Turnbull’s last six starts with four days of rest and 12-2 in Wheeler’s last 14 interleague starts. That seals the deal for me.

Prediction: Over 7.5

Written By David Hess

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