free mlb picks New York Mets vs. Pittsburgh Pirates 8-21-10

August 21, 2010

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The New York Mets and the Pittsburgh Pirates will both be trying to pick up a win on Saturday when they battle at PNC Park.

The Mets will trot Jonathon Niese out to the mound in this one. Lefthander Niese has a 7-5 record and a 3.38 ERA this season.

Starting this game for the Pirates will be James McDonald. The righthander has a 3.57 ERA to go along with a 2-2 record this season.

Oddsmakers currently have the Mets listed as 125-moneyline favorites versus the Pirates, while the game’s total is sitting at 7½.

Chris Carter homered and drove in a pair of runs to lead the Mets over the struggling Pirates 7-2 on Friday, as -130 favorites. That game’s nine runs made it OVER the posted over/under (8) set by sportsbooks.

Josh Thole also drove in a pair of runs for the Mets, and Mike Pelfrey pitched eight solid innings for his 12th win.

Jeff Karstens was rocked for 11 hits and seven runs over 3 1-3 innings for the Pirates, who have lost four straight.

Current streak:
Pittsburgh has lost 4 straight games.

Team records:
New York: 61-61 SU
Pittsburgh: 40-82 SU

New York most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing Pittsburgh are 7-3
After playing Pittsburgh are 5-5
After a win are 1-9

Pittsburgh most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing NY Mets are 2-8
After playing NY Mets are 6-4
After a loss are 1-9

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of NY Mets’s last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Mets’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of NY Mets’s last 9 games
NY Mets are 8-4 SU in its last 12 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Pittsburgh’s last 7 games when playing NY Mets
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games when playing at home against NY Mets

Next up:
Pittsburgh home to NY Mets, Sunday, August 22


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