Chicago White Sox vs. New York Mets
MLB Pick: White Sox +1.5 -161 odds (May 7th 2013)
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Chicago will visit the Mets for the first time in history on Tuesday, playing the first of two inter-league games in New York. The Mets lost to the Braves on Sunday, and they have just two wins in their last nine games overall.
They will have high expectations today, with 24 year old Matt Harvey on the mound. Harvey (4-0, 1.56 ERA) has been brilliant all year, winning his first four starts, and yet to suffer a defeat. He really hasn’t been that sharp his last two times out though, despite putting up what appear to be good numbers.
He allowed just one run on seven hits, while walking a pair over 5 1/3, in a 4-3 extra-innings loss to the Fish. Miami didn’t do themselves a lot of favors, as they had plenty of chances to score a few runs, but left runners stranded on base all night. In the end, the bullpen failed to close the door twice, once in the bottom of the ninth, and again in the 15th.
The White Sox send Hector Santiago to the mound, and he’s worked primarily out of the bullpen. Santiago (1-1, 2.29 ERA) won his only previous start, allowing one run on two hits over five innings in a 3-1 game against Texas. He’s had five career starts, going 3-0 with a 1.82 ERA.
Both young pitchers have put up impressive numbers, both with a relatively small sample size. I have noticed some troubling signs that could be of concern for Harvey though, and the Mets bullpen leaves a lot to be desired.
Take CWS +1.5