The San Francisco Giants and New York Mets will conclude a three-game series on Thursday evening. The Giants dominated the Mets in in the opener, collecting an 8-0 win, and followed it up on Wednesday with a 3-2 victory. San Francisco has the best record in baseball at 82-44.
They continue to fend off the Dodgers in the National League West, which has been very impressive. It appears that New York will have a difficult time collecting a win in this series. The Mets leading the National League East a few weeks ago, but they have since dropped to 61-65 and seven games back of division-leading Atlanta.
The first pitch from Citi Field is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET. Alex Wood will throw for San Francisco against Carlos Carrasco of New York.
The Giants are favored on the run line with a money line of -119. The Mets are +109 to win and the over/under has been set at 8½ runs. For more MLB odds and lines, visit BETUS online sportsbook.
Giants Take Game Two
The Mets had countless opportunities to deliver in the second game of the series. However, they were unable to manufacture enough runs to earn the victory on Wednesday. This is not a credit to the Giants because the Mets have been awful in key moments of games.
San Francisco turned five double plays on Wednesday. This was combined with a key hit from Brandon Crawford to win the game. In the ninth inning, the Mets had the bases loaded for Pete Alonso, but he popped up and San Francisco escaped with a win.
Crawsome. Totally Crawsome. pic.twitter.com/qGOzZ5Ic9z
— SFGiants (@SFGiants) August 26, 2021
The 2021 narrative for the Mets has been the whole lineup’s inability to hit the baseball. If Alonso cannot hit, the entire team is going to struggle. This is a lot of pressure for the back-to-back Home Run Derby champion, but it’s the truth at this point in the season.
Giants manager Gabe Kapler spoke about his team’s win after the game. He was not thrilled but proud of his club’s fight.
“Tonight, it wasn’t good enough. I think everybody knows that. That said, it’s a win on the road against a really hungry team,” Kapler said
The pitching matchup heavily favors the Giants. Wood, the former All-Star with the Dodgers, will throw for San Francisco. He is 10-4 with a 4.11 ERA and has fanned 130 batters over 120.1 innings.
Wood has been the perfect back-end pitcher for the Giants. He has delivered more times than not and he has kept the ball in the yard. This has given the Giants a chance to win most times when he toes the rubber.
Carrasco has not been good in 2021. Nevertheless, he has only thrown 16.1 innings because of a debilitating hamstring injury. Carrasco is 0-2 with a 8.82 ERA.
Carrasco has shown promising innings, but the bulk of his work has been challenging to watch in New York. This game will belong to the Giants, and I think it will resemble the Tuesday evening matchup.
The Giants are the best team in baseball for a reason and will dominate in the series finale.
Pick: San Francisco Giants -119