Reds vs Mets Prediction - MLB Picks 9/17/23

New York Mets (68-80) vs Cincinnati Reds (78-72)

Game Info: Sunday, September 17, 2023 at 1:40 pm (Citi Field)

Jose Quintana (2-5) (3.05) vs Brandon Williamson (4-4) (4.47)

Betting Odds: New York Mets -125 / Cincinnati Reds +115 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets clash Sunday in game 3 of an MLB series at Citi Field. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.

Cincinnati Reds Betting Preview

The Reds look for a win after winning 5 of their last 6 games. The Reds are currently third place in the NL wild card race. The Reds pitching staff is 24th in ERA (4.71), 23rd in WHIP (1.40) and 25th in quality starts (41). The Reds' offense is 11th in runs per game (4.71), 17th in batting average (.247) and 17th in homers (174). Spencer Steer leads the Reds with 142 hits and 81 RBI, while TJ Friedl and Tyler Stephenson have combined for 231 hits and 106 RBI. Brandon Williamson gets the ball, and he is 4-4 with a 4.47 ERA and 91 strikeouts this season. This will be Williamson’s first career game against the Mets.

New York Mets Betting Preview

The Mets look for a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Mets are 9 games back in the NL wild card race. The Mets pitching staff is 18th in ERA (4.35), 21st in WHIP (1.37) and 14th in quality starts (52). The Mets offense is 20th in runs per game (4.40), 26th in batting average (.238) and 11th in homers (196). Brandon Nimmo leads the Mets with 146 hits and 60 RBI, while Jeff McNeil and Francisco Lindor have combined for 283 hits and 139 RBI. Jose Quintana gets the ball, and he is 2-5 with a 3.05 ERA and 43 strikeouts this season. Quintana is 4-4 with a 3.06 ERA and 56 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.

Randy’s Pick

This line makes no sense to me. Yes, the Mets are at home and probably have the pitching edge with Jose Quintana on the mound. However, the Mets have been underachievers all season, and they're not a team I'm eager to back in the favorite role. The Reds have not only won 5 of their last 6 games, but they need to keep winning to keep the Marlins off their back in the wild card race. It's hard to turn down the plus money here with a team that has something to play for still.

Randy’s Pick Cincinnati Reds +115

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