The New York Mets may be falling to the same fate as the 2021 Phillies. They have been in first place in the National League East for almost the entire season, but as the season is coming to a close, the Braves are closing the gap right when it matters.
"The Mets' NL East lead is down to one game." - @SNY_Mets
Pitching in this one is Taijuan Walker for the Mets and Mitch Keller for the Pirates.
Walker has been Mr. Consistent for the Mets, as they have had severe injury problems all season long. He's allowed only nine runs in his last four games, with one of them being a shutout -- his seventh shutout of the season.
Much like the Pirates, Keller is having a mediocre season. He finished last season with an earned run average of 6.17, so he is improving by posting a 4.43 ERA this season.
New York Mets vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Match Details
Fixture: New York Mets @ Pittsburgh Pirates
Date & Time: Monday, September 5, 12:35 p.m. EDT
Venue: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA
"The Great Roberto Clemente droning over PNC Park tonight." - @PiratesTalk
New York Mets vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Odds
New York Mets vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Best Picks
Keller has kept up his end of the NRFI in nine of his last ten starts. Walker is a stud, and a shutout is entirely on the table facing Pittsburgh. With how quiet the Mets bats have been, it may be a few innings before we see some runs.
No Runs in the First Inning (-120)
As stated, the Mets' offense has been sporadic, they have had a few solid performances recently. However, they have scored three runs or less in six of their last eight games. Three runs should be enough to win this game, but the over won't even come close to hitting.
Under 8.5 Runs (-115)
New York Mets vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Predictions
This is just the series the Mets need with their lead in the NL East diminishing. If facing the lowly Pirates wasn't good enough, the Mets have their three aces going in this set -- Walker, deGrom, and Bassitt. Two out of three are guaranteed, but a sweep is all but guaranteed.
Mets -1.5 (-128)