Lindor Eyes Record
Francisco Lindor will lead the New York Mets into action Saturday for the second game of a three-game series against the Oakland A’s, needing one RBI to reach 100 for the season. The 28-year-old long ago shattered Jose Reyes’ team record for RBIs (81) by a shortstop and will now turn his sights to a major league record.
Carlos Guillen established the mark for RBI in a season by a switch-hitting shortstop with 102 in 2007, but Lindor will likely sprint by that soon. Lindor, who also tied David Wright’s team record by scoring in 13 straight games earlier this season. Lindor and Pete Alonso have the most RBIs (220) by teammates in MLB this season.
Machin Looking Comfortable at the Plate
Vimael Machin has started to make a name for himself in the big leagues with a solid final month to the season. The 28-year-old wasn’t given much of a chance to succeed during his first two seasons, coming to bat less than 100 times, but it has been different this season.
Machin has been an everyday player over the last three months and is finally looking comfortable at the plate during September, hitting .281 and reaching base at .373 clip.
“I feel like having the swing path and letting my hands work has been helping me, both increasing my exit velocity and hitting the ball farther,” Machin, who has seven doubles and 10 runs this month, told the media. “I want to end on a good note to let them know I am ready for next year and that I belong here.”
Escobar Mashing in September
Eduardo Escobar has come out of nowhere to have a monster September and it continued Friday with a grand slam in the Mets’ 9-2 win over the A’s.
The 33-year-old hit .218 with 12 home runs during the season’s first five months, but he already has seven round-trippers to go along with a .338 batting average in September. The veteran third baseman, who drew closer to 600 career RBIs, has put up 14 runs scored and 17 RBIs during the month.
“Through thick and thin, he was the same guy every day he walked through the door, but you could tell it was killing him,” manager Buck Showalter told the media of Escobar, who is in his 15th major league season, but first with the Mets. “That’s why you have to have tough people to play at this level.”
Mets vs A’s Head-to-Head
The Mets sprinted to a 9-0 lead Friday to claim the first meeting with the A’s since 2017. They increased their lead to 14-10 all-time, including 4-6 at Oakland Coliseum.
Mets vs A’s Game Information
- Game: Mets (96-56) vs A’s (55-95)
- Location: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA
- Day/Time: Saturday, Sept. 24th, 4:07 p.m. ET
- Mets vs A’s Live Stream: MLB TV
Mets vs A’s Betting Lines
|-400||6½ -115o||4½ -115u|
|Athletics||+320||6½ -105u||1½ +120u|
Mets vs A’s Prediction
The pitching matchup favors the Mets in a big way as Jacob deGrom, who is 5-2 with a 2.32 ERA, will go against Ken Waldichuk, who has allowed 14 earned runs in his first four major league starts. The odds on the Mets are too tough to take, so go with over.
Including Friday, 14 of the Mets’ last 21 games have finished over the run total. The A’s aren’t far behind, producing 10 overs, four unders and one push in their last 15 contests.