Texas Rangers (53-58 SU, 61-50 RL, 51-58-2 O/U) vs New York Mets (49-60 SU, 45-64 RL, 63-35-11 O/U)
When: 12:10 PM EDT, Wednesday, August 9th, 2017
Where: Citi Field in New York, New York
Lines: New York -120/ Texas +110
Early MLB action on Wednesday afternoon and the Texas Rangers will battle it out with the New York Mets in game two of their brief two game series from Citi Field in New York. The Mets have won five of the last seven games in this series. Pitching Probables: The Rangers will toss out A.J. Griffin (5-2, 5.20 ERA) in this one and the Mets will counter with Rafael Montero (1-7, 5.78 ERA).
Rangers Are Looking To Stay In The Wildcard Race
The Texas Rangers are still alive for a wild card berth, while the Mets are pretty much out of it and that really makes this series very important for the Rangers. The Rangers entered this series on Tuesday night five games under .500 for the year and just 4.0 games out of the 2nd wildcard slot in the American League and just 6.5 games out of the top spot. They have plenty of time to make up the ground, but they must play well in this series to keep their hopes alive. Texas is just 3-6 in their last nine games overall and just 25-32 on the road, so they have their work cut out for them. but we also note that the Mets are not a very good team this year and they have struggled at home. Another issue for the Rangers is their offense, which has hit just .216 and have scored just 4.32 rpg on the road so far. Taking the hill for the Rangers in this one will be A.J. Griffin and he has gone 5-2 with a 5.20 ERA in nine starts on the year, including 1-2 with an 11.81 ERA in his last three starts and 5-2 with a 4.42 ERA in seven starts on the road. Griffin has gone 4-4 with a 4.21 ERA in 12 starts in August and 8-8 with a 4.15 ERA in 31 career day starts, plus he is 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA in eight interleague starts. This will be his first meeting with the Mets.
The Rangers have been a solid offensive team so far as they come in ranked 7th in the league in scoring, putting up 4.91 rpg, while also ranking 29th in hitting at .240 and 2nd in homers with 171. On the mound, they have been average so far as they come in ranked 17th in the league in ERA at 4.55, while also ranking 18th in WHIP at 1.37.
Mets Get Swept At Home By The Dodgers
This has been a lost season for the Mets as injuries have just taken away any chances they had this year of competing in the National League East. They are currently 16.5 games out of first in the division and 13 games out of a wildcard slot. The Mets were just swept at home by the powerful Los Angeles Dodgers and were outscored 21-4 in the three games. The Mets have now gone just 1-7 in their last eight games and they have an ERA of 6.01 in their last 10 games, which includes an ERA of 7.08 from their starters over that stretch. The Starting pitching has really been an issue, outside of Jacob deGrom, and the Mets can only help for better health next year as the injury bug has really ravaged their starting pitching. New York has gone just 25-31 here at home for the year. Getting the nod for New York will be Rafael Montero and he has gone 1-7 with a 5.78 ERA in 22 games on the year overall, including 1-4 with a 6.00 ERA in eight games as a starter. Montero is 2-8 with a 5.22 ERA in 20 career starts overall and he is 1-3 with a 3.86 ERA in 11 games (six starts) in the day time, plus 0-2 with a 4.82 ERA in six games (four starts) in interleague play. This will be his first meeting with the Rangers.
The Mets have been a solid offensive team so far as they come in ranked 14th in the league in scoring, putting up 4.70 rpg, while also ranking 19th in hitting at .249 and 7th in homers with 160. On the mound, they have been poor as they come in ranked 29th in the league in ERA at 4.96, while also ranking 30th in WHIP at 1.47.
- The Over is 11-4-2 in their last 17 interleague road games vs. a team with a losing record
- Over is 41-19-1 in their last 61 Wednesday games
New York is:
- The Over is 23-9-3 in their last 35 home games vs. a team with a losing record
- The Over is 25-11-3 in their last 39 home games vs. a team with a losing road record
The Mets have not been a good offense of late as they have averaged just 3.70 rpg, while their pitching has remained weak as he has allowed 6.00 rpg in their last 10 games. The big problem for the Mets of late has been their starting pitching, which has a 7.08 ERA in their last 10 games and Rafael Montero has not been a good starter as he has a 6.00 ERA in his eight starts this year. On the other side of the coin, we have A.J. Griffin and he has really struggled this year with a 5.20 ERA in nine starts, but he is 5-2 in those games and they have averaged 10.89 rpg. He has struggled on the road of late as he has an 11.81 ERA in his last three road starts and that should help get a struggling Met offense going. The Rangers are not great on offense on the road and the Mets have struggled to score at home, but this pitching matchup indicates a high-scoring game.