Pittsburgh Pirates at New York Mets - 9/16/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

New York Mets (89-55) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (55-88)

Game Info: Friday, September 16, 2022 at 7:10 pm (Citi Field)

Taijuan Walker (11-4) (3.48) vs Mitch Keller (5-10) (4.01)

Betting Odds: New York Mets -303 / Pittsburgh Pirates +205 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Mets face off on Friday in an MLB showdown at Citi Field. On Thursday it was the Mets that were able to secure the 7-1 victory. 

The Pirates sit with a 55-89 record overall and they had won four games in a row before they were beat on Thursday. Far too often the offense has struggled and that’s exactly what happened on Thursday. The Pirates offense is averaging 3.58 runs per game which is 27th in the league. Bryan Reynolds has had a big season hitting 23 home runs and driving in 54 RBIs so far this year.

On the other side of this matchup is the Mets who sit with a 90-55 record and they finally stopped the bleeding with their win on Thursday. The Mets offense is averaging 4.68 runs per game which is 6th best in the league. The pitching has also been strong averaging 3.74 runs per game which is 5th best in the league. Pete Alonso is having a big season hitting 35 home runs and driving in 112 RBIs. 

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On the mound for the Pirates will be Mitch Keller and he sits with a 5-10 record and an ERA of 4.01. Over his last two starts he has gone 13 innings and given up zero runs. 

On the mound for the Mets will be Taijuan Walker and he sits with an 11-4 record and an ERA of 3.48. In his last start against the Miami Marlins he went seven innings giving up five hits and one run. 

The Mets are 1-5 in their last six home games. The Mets are 1-4 in Walker’s last five starts. The over is 4-0 in the Mets last four games on Friday. The under is 6-1 in Walker’s last seven starts during Game 2 of a series. 

I don’t expect a ton of runs scored here. Keller gave up zero runs in his last start and the Mets offense has been inconsistent heading into this game. Walker in his last start gave up one run, and he will lockdown the Pirates here. Back the under to cash.

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