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MLB EXPERT BETS FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2023
Our VI MLB betting experts have compiled their Best Bets for Thursday, September 21.
- New York Mets vs Philadelphia Phillies (FOX, 7:15 p.m. ET)
- Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs (MLB.TV, 7:40 p.m. ET)
Mets vs. Phillies Free Picks
The price on this one is a little on the high side but I do not want to get burned if the Phillies win this game by only 1 run so I am going with money line here instead of run line though I am anticipating a blowout home win. The Phillies are 28-20 against lefties and the Mets are 15-32 against lefties this season and this is a battle of southpaws.
Overall, no matter the pitchers, the Phillies are the overall stronger club plus they are at home here. The Mets are 32-45 on the road this season and struggling again away from home just like last season. The Phillies are 39-24 against teams with a losing record this season. The Mets are 42-51 against teams with a winning record this season.
So the situation strongly favors the Phillies and then the pitching does as well. Ranger Suarez had a 2.45 ERA last month and has a 3.31 ERA this month. He has a 3.18 ERA in night games this season. David Peterson is 1-6 with a 7.35 ERA in road games this season.
Opponents are hitting .327 against him away from home. Peterson has been piling up strikeouts of late but is still getting hit hard recently as opponents are hitting .323 against him this month. The Phillies also have the bullpen edge here. Take Philly
Pirates vs Cubs Free Picks
The first two games of this series have flown OVER the number, but all signs point to a much more defensive affair here in the finale in my opinion.
We have two decent starters going head-to-head here, with Johan Oviedo (8-14, 4.27 ERA) going up against Kyle Hendricks (6-7, 3.77.)
Chicago won the opener 14-1, then Pittsburgh answered with the 13-7 victory last night. Note though that Chicago has seen the total go UNDER the number in seven of its last ten in trying to avenge a home loss as a favorite vs. an opponent.
This number is a little high, the play is the UNDER.
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