Top Teams Set to Collide
Two division leaders square off as the National League East-leading New York Mets visit the American League West-leading Houston Astros on Tuesday.
The Mets have won four of five and are coming off a 6-0 victory over the Miami Marlins on Monday. The Mets remain a powerhouse in the National League at the moment, holding onto first place in their division.
As for the Houston Astros, they have won four out of their last five games, including their most recent against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday Night Baseball.
Mets Leaning on Bats
The game of baseball certainly gets a lot easier when you hit the ball consistently as the Mets. They are been among the league leaders in batting average all season. However, leading hitter Jeff McNeil (.327) was forced to leave Monday’s game with a hamstring issue and his status is unclear.
However, there haven’t been a lot of home runs hit by New York, which ranks 18th in the league in terms of power with just 64 jacks.
Playing on the road hasn’t been a deterrent for the Mets, who are 21-14 in away games — the fourth-best road record in the National League.
As long as their bats show up, they should do fine here. They rank first in the league in total runs scored at 342 and are miles away from the Houston Astros who are down the list at 281 in 20th place.
Astros Hoping to Shut Down Mets
It’s proven to be wildly difficult to stop the New York Mets’ offense. To combat this, the Astros are sending out Jose Urquidy to the mound.
Urquidy is 5-3 with a below-average 4.99 ERA at the moment. The team seems to perform well despite him allowing 36 runs in 61.1 innings. Houston has won eight of his 11 starts.
Urquidy is significantly better pitcher at home compared to on the road.At home, his ERA is 2.78 and his record is just 1-1. On the road, he dips to an atrocious 6.28 ERA but his record stays strong at 4-2.
He really struggles with home runs when on the road. as he’s allowed eight in 38.2 innings. At home, he’s allowed four in 22.2 innings pitched.
Mets vs Astros Head-to-Head
This is the first time that these two squads will be meeting this season.
Mets vs Astros Game Information
- Game: Mets (44-24) vs Astros (41-25)
- Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX
- Day/Time: Tuesday, 8:10 p.m. ET
- Mets vs Astros Live Stream: MLB.tv
Mets vs Astros Betting Lines
|New York Mets
T. Williams -R
|+1½ -170||+119||9-105o||4½+110o / 4½-140u|
J. Urquidy -R
|-1½ +150||-129||9-115u||4½-115o / 4½-115u|
Mets vs Astros Prediction
These are two of the better rosters in the league right now, so a high-scoring game is likely. Urquidy has helped get wins this season but he hasn’t been stellar at keeping the opposing team from scoring runs. The Mets counter with Trevor Williams (1-3, 3.53 ERA).
Couple that with the Mets’ consistent batting lineup and this seems more and more likely that it will be a higher-scoring affair. When it comes down to who will end up winning this game, the Mets seem like the safer option.
However, if you are looking at your MLB picks, take the over.
The odds and predictions in the article are based on time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.