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#4929 New York Mets vs.
#4930 Oakland Athletics
Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 4:07pm EDT
Written by David Delano

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The Oakland Athletics (55-96) will host the New York Mets (96-56) on Saturday in one of the most lopsided matchup on the board. The Mets are -420 favorite, and the total sits at 7. New York took the opening contest of this three game series on Friday 9-2.

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Getting closer to looking up the East

The Mets have been one of baseball's best all around teams this season. New York is fifth in batting average, sixth in runs scored, seventh in OPS, and 17th in home runs. New York's pitching is seventh with a 3.54 ERA, and fifth with 70 quality starts.

You can expect another quality start on Saturday with Jacob deGrom (5-2, 2.32 ERA) on the mound. When healthy, deGrom is one of the most consistent pitchers to ever do it with a 82-55 record, 2.49 ERA and 0.99 WHIP in 207 career starts. As great as deGrom is the Mets have been known to struggle scoring runs for him in the past. The Mets have scored enough most of the time recently winning six of deGrom's last eight starts, with four of those wins coming by two runs or more.

Long year in Oakland

Oakland would like to avoid a 100 loss season, but they put up little resistance in Friday's 9-2 loss. The offense has struggled wire to wire. The A's rank 28th in home runs, 29th in runs scored, and 30th in batting average and OPS. The pitching has struggled as well ranking 25th with a 4.57 ERA.

I expect to see more struggles on the mound for Oakland on Saturday. The A's will send rookie Ken Waldichuk (0-2, 7.13 ERA) to the mound who has allowed 14 runs in 17.2 big league innings. Last Sunday, Waldichuk allowed five runs in 2.2 innings taking the decision in Oakland's 11-2 loss to Houston. The A's are 0-4 in his starts.

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Recommending anything with -200 juice or worse is suppose to be a no no, but I can't play the A's here even at this price. New York has one of the best pitchers in the game going against one of the worst offenses, and the Mets potent lineup should rock Ken Waldichuk.

The Mets now lead the Braves by 2.5 games in the NL East and have a great opportunity to create some space here. Winning the division will mean a first round bye in the post season. As for Oakland..there's nothing to play for.

This might be a good one to throw in a parlay as even the runline has heavy juice. I love taking underdogs when I can, but taking Oakland here is like burning money. Expect a dominating win for New York.

Prediction: New York Mets -1.5 (-190)

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With deGrom on the mound, you always have to consider the under, but not in this spot. Although I expect deGrom to shut down the A's bats, the story will be very different on the other end. The Mets have scored seven runs or more in three of their last four games, and I have a strong chance to get to seven runs alone in this game. Taking the Mets team total over in this game is a good idea as well.

Prediction: Over 6.5
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Written By David Delano , "David Delano"

David Delano is a Bowling Green State University graduate with a passion for sports, traveling, and music. David loves to handicap MLB, NFL, NCAAF, NCAAB, NBA, WNBA, and is also a big fan of boxing and track and field. Over the years, David has worn several hats in the sports world, from being behind the camera to writing, filming, editing, scouting, and coaching, along with servicing his clients as a sports handicapper.  He is also an expert sports bettor. We are glad to have David on our Winners & Whiners team, and we recommend that you follow along with him every day. 

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