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St. Louis Cardinals vs. New York Mets Picks, Predictions, Odds

The St. Louis Cardinals (19-16) will take on the New York Mets (24-13) Wednesday for game-three of a four game series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM ET at Citi Field in Queens, New York and can be viewed on MLB Extra Innings.  

Score Prediction

Mets 4, Cardinals 2

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St. Louis Cardinals vs. New York Mets Betting Predictions

The St. Louis Cardinals enter this matchup second in the NL Central, three and a half games behind the Brewers for first place. The Cardinals have struggled as of late, losing six of their last nine games. The offense has been a bit inconsistent from game-to-game, but do average a solid 4.48 runs per contest. The bullpen has also been a bit inconsistent this season, but have held opponents to two runs or less eight times this season. Right-handed pitcher Jordan Hicks is scheduled to start Wednesday. Hicks is 1-3 in seven games this season with an ERA of 4.15 and has allowed 13 hits, 10 earned runs, and struck out 21 batters in 21.2 innings.  

The New York Mets are currently atop the NL East with a six-game lead over the second place Philadelphia Phillies. The Mets have been playing great baseball, losing back-to-back games just one time this season. The offense is getting reliable production from their bats, averaging 4.43 runs per game. The Mets bullpen has been one of the best in baseball and have held opponents to three runs or less 20 times this season. The right-hander Max Scherzer is expected to take the mound Wednesday. Scherzer is 4-1 in seven games this season with an ERA of 2.66 and has given up 29 hits, 13 earned runs, and struck out 55 batters in 44.0 innings of work.  

Prior to the conclusion of game-two of their double header Tuesday, the Mets and Cardinals have met four times this season with New York winning three games. I like this trend to continue and for the Mets to win and cover the run line in Wednesday’s matchup. Scherzer is one of the best pitchers in the league and I don’t expect St. Louis to have much success against him. Hicks has been decent for the Cardinals this season, but only averages about 4.0 innings per game. Backing the Mets –1.5 run line here.

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St. Louis Cardinals vs. New York Mets Betting Odds

  • Cardinals +155
  • Mets -190
  • Cardinals +1.5 (-140)
  • Mets -1.5 (+115)
  • Over 7 (-110)
  • Under 7 (-110)

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St. Louis Cardinals vs. New York Mets Betting Resources

  • Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2022
  • Matchup: NL Central vs. NL East
  • Stadium: Citi Field
  • Location: Queens, New York
  • TV-Time: MLBN - 7:10 p.m. ET

St. Louis Cardinals Betting Analysis

Prior to the results of Tuesday evening’s game, the Cardinals are 19-16 SU, 19-16 ATS, and have an O/U record of 17-17-1. The total has gone under in 13 of St. Louis’ last 19 games on the road. Going against this trend, the total has gone over in eight of their last 13 against a National League opponent. St. Louis is 7-2 SU in their last nine games when playing on the road against New York and 9-8 SU on the road this season.  

If St. Louis can start to see more consistency from their bats this will be a tough ball club to beat. As a team the Cardinals have a batting average of .244 (9th), on base percentage of .317 (7th), slugging percentage of .388 (11th), and have scored 159 runs (11th). The third baseman Nolan Arenado has been the Cardinals best hitter with a batting average of .302 (39-129), eight home runs, and 29 RBIs. First baseman Paul Goldschmidt is also hitting well with a batting average of .310 (40-129), five home runs, and 21 RBIs.  

St. Louis is getting solid production from their bullpen this season. As a team they are allowing opponents a batting average of .236 (18th), have an ERA of 3.50 (9th), and have given up 125 runs (4th). Right-handed pitcher Jordan Hicks is scheduled to start Wednesday. Hicks is 1-3 in seven games this season with an ERA of 4.15 and has allowed 13 hits, 10 earned runs, and struck out 21 batters in 21.2 innings. Hicks pitched against the Mets earlier this season and gave up two hits, two earned runs, and struck out one batter in 2.0 innings.  

New York Mets Betting Analysis

The Mets look like the team to beat in the NL East and have gone 24-13 SU, 21-16 ATS, and have an O/U record of 16-18-3. The total has gone over in six of New York’s last nine games at home. Going against this trend, the total has gone under in five of the Mets last six games when playing against a National League opponent. New York is 6-4 SU in their last 10 games and 11-7 SU at home this season.  

New York has hit the ball very well this season. As a team the Mets have a batting average of .250 (3rd), on base percentage of .326 (5th), slugging percentage of .382 (15th), and have scored 165 runs (8th). The Second baseman Jeff McNeil leads the team with a batting average of .314, one home run, and 15 RBIs. Designated hitter Pete Alonso has been bringing in the runs with a batting average of .262, eight home runs, and 29 RBIs.  

The Mets have one of the toughest bullpens in the MLB this season. As a team they are allowing opponents a batting average of .218 (5th), have an ERA of 3.37 (7th), and have given up 129 runs (6th). The right-hander Max Scherzer is expected to take the mound Wednesday. Scherzer is 4-1 in seven games this season with an ERA of 2.66 and has given up 29 hits, 13 earned runs, and struck out 55 batters in 44.0 innings of work. In his one outing against St. Louis this season, Scherzer struck out 10 batters in 7.0 innings while allowing two hits and zero runs. 

Key Players to Watch

  • STL: Nolan Arenado - 3B (Last Game: TBD)
  • STL: Paul Goldschmidt - 1B (Last Game: TBD)
  • NYM: Francisco Lindor - SS (Last Game: TBD)
  • NYM: Pete Alonso - 1B (Last Game: TBD)

Probable Pitchers

  • STL: Jordan Hicks - RHP (1-3, 4.15 ERA, 21 K, 1.15 WHIP)
  • NYM: Max Scherzer - RHP (4-1, 2.66 ERA, 55 K, 0.91 WHIP)

St. Louis Cardinals vs. New York Mets Betting Conclusion

It’s tough to bet against the Mets with Max Scherzer taking the mound. Scherzer is coming off a 7.0 inning outing against the Mariners on May 13th and gave up just three hits and one run. He also had a great outing against the Cardinals earlier in the season and should have a similar performance in this matchup. Backing the Mets run line at –1.5.  

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