Baseball Picks: San Diego Padres vs. New York Mets: May 24th 2012
Baseball Picks: May 24th 2012
San Diego Padres vs. New York Mets
Pick: Under 8 +100 odds
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Because two little-known starting pitchers are going at it tonight in New York, I believe oddsmakers have set the bar too high tonight. Both Eric Stults and Jeremy Hefner are better than they are getting credit for. Plus, they’ll be up against two of the worst line-ups in baseball.
Scheduled to make his first major league start for the Mets is Jeremy Hefner (0-1, 2.25 ERA), who gave up two runs, four hits and struck out five over five innings of relief after replacing the injured Miguel Batista during Saturday’s 2-0 loss to the Blue Jays. Hefner compiled a 2.72 ERA over seven starts at Triple-A Buffalo before being recalled last week.
The Padres will give the ball to Eric Stults (0-0, 2.70 ERA), who was claimed by San Diego two days after being designated for assignment by the Chicago White Sox last week. The Padres didn’t waste much time throwing Stults into action – the left-hander yielded two runs, four hits and three walks over 6 2-3 innings but didn’t factor in Saturday’s 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels.
Stults is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in three career starts against the Mets. Hefner should have success against a San Diego team that is batting a major league-worst .191 with men on second or third. The Padres went a combined 2 for 22 (.091) in such situations during a three-game sweep in St. Louis. The Mets are hitting just .240 and scoring 3.2 runs/game at home this year. Bet the UNDER in this game Thursday.
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