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Betting Giants Mets – Mets Look To Avoid Blowing Fast Start Against Giants This Weekend

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 4/19/2012 3:50:18 PM

There is never a situation where a team wants to be left behind out of the gate, but regardless of whether a team starts fast or not, maintaining that pace is always more difficult than it appears. The New York Mets opened the sportsbook season with seven wins through their first 10 contests, but after dropping consecutive games are at risk of allowing that great start to disappear. Next on their schedule is a three-game set against the San Francisco Giants, a team that started slow but appears to be back on track.

San Francisco Giants @ New York Mets
Friday, 7:10 PM ET

The Giants have won two of their first six road games, and for a team that appears to have trouble generating runs once again, pitching will be very important in order to improve as the visiting team. San Francisco opens this series with Barry Zito set to make his third start, and after giving up just two earned runs combined against the Colorado Rockies and Pittsburgh Pirates, his team is hoping for more of the same from the 33-year old. The Giants won both of Zito’s starts, and he matches up well against a fellow left in Jonathon Niese. Niese is coming off his second consecutive win after pitching 6.2 innings of shutout ball against the Philadelphia Phillies, and looks more comfortable after signing a new deal. Still, the Giants’ lineup has a little more power than what the Phillies have shown so far this season, and San Francisco excels in these types of close sports bet games.

MLB Betting Pick: San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants @ New York Mets
Saturday, 1:10 PM ET

Although he continues to allow a ton of runners to get on base, Mike Pelfrey has done a good job this season of making smart pitches in key situations, and has allowed just four earned runs combined through two starts. The Mets hope that Pelfrey can continue to register those types of numbers consistently this season, because when he does he gives his team the chance to win. San Francisco will counter with Ryan Vogelsong, who has dealt with back injuries early on this season.

MLB Betting Pick: New York Mets

San Francisco Giants @ New York Mets
Sunday, 1:10 PM ET

The rubber matinee between these teams will feature a pretty solid sports betting matchup as Dillon Gee gets the call for New York against Tim Lincecum. The 25-year old Gee went seven-strong, allowing just one earned run with five strikeouts in a 6-1 win over the Atlanta Braves the last time he was on the mound, and with 11 strikeouts through two starts is on pace to exceed last year’s totals already. Despite some strong strikeout numbers of his own, Lincecum has been a major disappointment for San Francisco this season with at least five earned runs in all three of his starts, which have all been Giants’ losses. It is hard to say for sure what has been the problem for the two-time Cy Young award winner so far, and he could be in tough for his first sports betting win of the season once again if Gee has another strong outing and the Mets’ bats can do their thing.

MLB Betting Pick: New York Mets

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