TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASEBALL SELECTION WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31st
#908 NY METS with deGrom (-140) over LA Dodgers with Anderson at 7:10 PM EST
In a bad mood off back-to-back home losses to the Rockies and Dodgers, the Mets will respond with one of their best performances of the season. New York holds a slim 3.0-game lead over Atlanta in the NL East standings and manager Buck Showalter’s boys need this victory like blood.
Strong right-hander Jacob deGrom will hit the hump for the home team. So far this year, No. 48 has made five starts and been nicked for only seven earned runs and 14 hits in 29.1 innings. Impressively, deGrom has struck out 46 and walked only two batters on his way to a 3-1 record with a powerful 2.15 ERA. Jacob’s last three outings against the mighty Dodgers have gone well too. With 18.0 frames completed, deGrom has surrendered just three earned runs and 12 hits. After the math, that equates to a respectable 1.50 ERA.
Left-hander Tyler Anderson will take the pill for the visitors. In 2022, No. 31 has been lights out on the bump allowing only 42 earned runs and 113 hits in 140.2 innings of work. Anderson fanned 111 and issued 30 free passes on his way to a stunning 13-2 tally with a 2.69 ERA. Tyler’s lone performance this year against the Mets went well too. Back on June 3rd, Anderson faced New York at home and allowed no earned runs and three hits in 6.0 frames. Tyler got the dub in the Dodgers 6-1 victory.
With both arms capable, the following team trends will prove to be the difference in this heavyweight battle. New York has won 38 of its last 51 when coming off a loss, 12 of its last 17 in the Big Apple facing a left-handed starter, and 47 of its last 69 when competing in the comforts of home.
The Mets have been one of MLB’s best when coming off a blemish this season and they’ll rally the troops and find a way to get this victory. Take New York with deGrom. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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