New York vs San Diego MLB Odds Preview

New York vs San Diego MLB Odds Preview

Written by on May 7, 2016

On Saturday night, the New York Mets and the San Diego Padres will take the field in the third game in their four-game series. The Padres (12-17) are in fourth place in the National League West, and they won the series opener on Thursday, 5-3. The Mets (17-10) are in second place in the National League East. Find out more about the latest MLB sportsbook odds here.

New York Mets vs San Diego Padres MLB Odds Preview

When: Saturday, May 7, 2016, 8:40pm Eastern time Where: Petco Park, San Diego TV: FSSD, WPIX Radio: XEMO 860 AM San Diego Live Stream: MLB Odds: TBA Pitching Matchup: Bartolo Colon (2-1, 2.56 ERA) (NY) vs James Shields (1-4, 3.23 ERA) (SD)  

Why should you bet on New York?

The Mets send the seemingly ageless Bartolo Colon to the hill, and his 2.56 ERA shows a solid start to the season. He only needs 24 more wins in his career to have the most of any Dominican-born player; for now, he sits at 220, 23 back of Juan Marichal. Other than Matt Kemp (.400, 2 RBI) and Melvin Upton, Jr. (.364, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 22 AB) no one on the Padres has done well against Colon at the plate. The Mets’ offense had been sputtering a bit until they spanked the Braves, 8-0, on Wednesday.

Why should you put your money on the Padres?

The Padres signed James Shields to be their ace after the Kansas City Royals went to the World Series in 2014 and left him available as a free agent. No Met with more than six at-bats in their career against Shields is batting over .300 against him. While he has an unsightly 1-4 record, he has only permitted seven runs in his last 26 innings. The losses have come as a result of poor run support rather than bad pitching on his part. Against the Mets, he has a career 2.57 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP. Last season, he faced them twice and had two seven-inning wins.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like Shields to lock down the Met offense, but I think Colon will outduel him. I’m predicting a 3-2 New York win.