Mets Eye Another Victory
The New York Mets celebrated the Fourth of July with a star-spangled 7-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. It was the teams’ first meeting of the season.. Tuesday night, the Mets go after a third consecutive win, with the Reds cast in the role of spoilers in front of their supporters
Welcome Back, Mad Max
There was tons of preseason MLB betting on the New York Mets after a productive offseason.
So far, the Mets have played to those expectations, leading the NL East for the entire 2022 MLB season. As the Atlanta Braves closed to within 3½ games, New York’s three wins in four nights have maintained some distance.
The Mets’ offense, focal point of the offseason additions, has been impressive. Entering Tuesday, New York ranks fifth in runs, fourth in batting average and second in on-base percentage.
On the pitching side, the Mets’ normally-dominant arms have accrued a 14th-ranked ERA and ninth-ranked WHIP, though they have more strikeouts than all but two clubs.
New York has gone the entire year without superstar ace Jacob deGrom, and a considerable period without Max Scherzer. The latter returns to action Tuesday for the righthander’s first start since May 18. Scherzer was 5-1 with a 2.54 ERA and 0.95 WHIP in eight starts before being sidelined with an injured oblique.
Reds Are Blue…Again
After opening the season with a 3-22 record, no one expected the Cincinnati Reds to compete for anything. Though later offering some life, surprising some MLB picks experts, the Reds have been in the NL Central cellar for the length of the season. After five losses in their last six games, thoughts of escaping isn’t easier.
The worst record in the National League does not mean the Reds are always chumps at the plate.
Cincy ranks 18th in runs and batting average and 20th in OBP. Pitching’s woeful, however, ranking dead-last in ERA and third-to-last in WHIP. The Reds have also walked more batters than all but two teams.
As their opponents send a future Hall of Famer to the mound, Cincinnati will counter with Nick Lodolo. Like Scherzer, the 24-year-old lefty is making his first start in a while. Lodolo hurt his back during a start in late April.
In three appearances, Lodolo surrendered nine earned runs in 14.2 innings, but struck out 19.
Mets vs Reds Head-to-Head
Francisco Lindor and Brandon Nimmo each homered while Taijuan Walker earned a quality start as New York won, 7-4 in the first 2022 meeting between the teams.
Since 2017, the Mets hold a slim 15-12 advantage.
Mets vs Reds Game Information
- Game: Mets (50-30) vs Reds (27-52)
- Location: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, OH
- Day/Time: Tuesday, July 5, 6:40 p.m. ET
- Mets vs Reds Live Stream: MLB.tv
Mets vs Reds Betting Lines
|New York Mets
M. Scherzer -R
|-1½ -130||-200||9 -105o||5½ -105o / 5½-125u|
N. Lodolo -L
|+1½ +110||9-115u||3½-115o / 3½-115u|
Mets vs Reds Prediction
With Scherzer on the mound and an overpowering offense behind him, the New York Mets are huge favorites in the game The latest MLB lines have the Mets priced at -200, while the Cincinnati Reds are at +170.
The under of nine runs is -115, while the over is set at -105.
Consider the Mets’ here. Betting New York on the moneyline makes little sense, with the lopsided odds. Even a run-line bet is at -130. However, the Mets are just -105 to go over 5½ runs.
The Mets have the offense. They’re facing a pitcher who hasn’t been seen in over two months and wasn’t very good when healthy. This is also one of the league’s best parks if you’re a hitter.
Take the Mets over at the sportsbook and watch the Fifth of July fireworks Tuesday night.
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.