Talented Teams Meet
The Toronto Blue Jays travel to face the New York Mets for a three-game weekend series that starts Friday. Both teams had decent MLB playoff odds at the start of the season due to the talented rosters, but that has trailed off a little since then.
Game 1 will feature a marquee pitching matchup, which should be considered for MLB betting. Blue Jays starter Chris Bassitt will return to New York after pitching there last season. He will face reigning American League Cy Young winner Justin Verlander.
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However, they won the next two series against the Minnesota Twins and Milwaukee Brewers. A big part of the success has been Bo Bichette, whose hot bat is headlining MLB news. He hit two homers with eight runs batted in over the last seven days, including one in the previous game’s first inning to start a 3-1 win over the Brewers.
Mets Get Important Sweep
There have been a lot of ups and downs for the Mets this season. The lineup has not been as productive as last season, while the pitching has been inconsistent. The previous five series encapsulate that, having two sweeps, beating the team with the best record in baseball while also losing two series to middle-of-the-pack teams.
In New York’s last series, they swept a division rival, the Philadelphia Phillies, at home. Maybe that could finally get this team playing consistently for sportsbooks.
Chris Bassitt (5-4, 3.80 ERA) vs Justin Verlander (2-2, 4.80)
Chris Bassitt will take the mound for the Blue Jays, having spent last season with the Mets. He spent one good season with New York but was not re-signed. Bassitt’s last start was his worst in May, going four innings, allowing seven runs. However, that did not affect his month’s ERA of 2.43, having three shutout appearances, with one being a complete game.
After winning his third AL Cy Young award, Justin Verlander moved to the National League, joining the Mets this offseason. He has had a slow start dealing with injuries, which caused some inconsistencies. He had his second outing of five innings and six runs allowed in his last start. But he has three appearances of two or fewer runs, balancing out his rough starts.
Blue Jays vs Mets Head-to-Head
The Blue Jays did not face the Mets last season, but they did meet in New York for three games in 2021. The Mets won that series 2-1.
Blue Jays vs Mets Game Information
- Game: Blue Jays (30-27) vs Mets (30-27)
- Location: Citi Field, Queens, NY
- Day/Time: Friday, June 2, 7:10 p.m. EST
- Blue Jays vs Mets Live stream: MLB.tv
Blue Jays vs Mets Betting Lines
Both teams have really good lineups, which could make taking the over/under for this game in MLB picks a hard decision. Two solid pitchers will be on the mound. While each starter did struggle in their last start, they have more good games than bad, making the under a solid option.
Pick: Under 8½ -105
Neither team gets the pitching advantage. However, the Mets get a slight edge for being at home and playing well in New York (15-9), and coming off an important sweep.
Pick: Mets -130