Miami Marlins at New York Mets - 4/8/21 MLB Picks and Prediction
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New York Mets (1-2) vs Miami Marlins (1-5)
Game Info: Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 1:10 pm (Citi Field)
Taijuan Walker (0-0) (0.00) vs Undecided
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The Miami Marlins will face the New York Mets in an NL East matchup on Thursday. It will be the first of a three-game set at Citi Field.
The New York Mets are now 1-2 to start the season after an 8-2 loss at the Phillies on Wednesday. David Peterson started and got the loss. He went 4 innings, giving up 6 runs with 2 home runs allowed. From the plate the Mets had 11 hits but were a combined 1-12 with runners in scoring position. Jonathan Villar was 3-5 with a double, a triple, and 1 run scored. Through their first three games the Mets are 13th in the majors with a .248 team batting average.
Starting for the Mets will be Taijuan Walker. In 2020 he was 4-3 with a 2.70 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 50 strikeouts. During spring training he was 1-0 in three starts with a 3.27 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 7 strikeouts.
Miami lost 7-0 to the Cardinals on Wednesday, completing a three game sweep in their home park. Starter Pablo Lopez went 6.2 innings, allowing 2 runs with 6 strikeouts. The Marlins managed just 3 hits in the game and were 0-5 with runners in scoring position. Corey Dickerson had a good day from the dish, going 2-3 and drawing a walk. The Marlins 2 home runs to start the season are tied for fewest in the majors.
Miami has not announced a starter for this game, and may get a short start with a heavy bullpen day. To start the season, Miami’s bullpen has a 6.75 ERA in 24 innings pitched, with 24 strikeouts.
The Marlines are 4-6 in their last 10 regular season games.
The Mets are 3-7 in their last 10 regular season games.
It will be tough to back the Marlins in this one, despite the Mets slow start. The Marlins have still not announced a starter and are featuring a bullpen whose ERA is 5th lowest in the league. Taijuan Walker had a good year in 2020 and was solid in spring so the Mets should have the advantage on the mound. Give me the Mets to get their bats going with a win at home.