The New York Mets continue their tour on the other side of the country as they head northwest to face the Seattle Mariners tonight in an NL East vs AL West match-up.
Tonight’s chosen match-up: New York Mets (46-52) @ Seattle Mariners (52-46)
The New York Mets arrive in Seattle after dropping 2 straight games (after winning the 1st) in San Diego over the weekend. The losing streak stopped a recent successful run of 8 wins in 9 games. The team only scored a total of 1 run in their 2 straight defeats. They have dropped 8 of their last 10 road games. Their starting pitcher tonight is Jonathon Niese. Niese comes in with a record of 5 wins and 4 losses with a 2.96 era. This is Niese’s first start since July 4th as he’s been on the disabled list with a strained left elbow. In 17 starts this season he hasn’t allowed more than 3 earned runs. After going 3-3 in their last 6 games facing the 2 teams above them in the AL West, the A’s & Angels, the Seattle Mariners get a little reprieve in the schedule with the Mets coming to town. Despite the 3rd place standing in their own division the Mariners are a game and a half ahead of the Yankees for the 2nd wild card spot in the American League. Their starting pitcher tonight is lefty Roenis Elias. Roesis enters the game with a 7-8 record with a 4.54 era and 96 strikeouts. He has recorded a loss in his last 3 starts. In his last outing he only managed to stick around for 3.1 innings as he gave up 6 earned runs and 7 hits versus the Twins.
New York and Seattle have only faced each other 9 times with the Mariners owning a 7-2 record in the series. The 2 teams haven’t played since 2008.
Mets vs Mariners Prediction
Despite their starting pitcher, Elias, not having pitched well lately the Mets may just be the medicine the Mariners need to get back on track and keep a little distance between themselves and the Yankees for the 2nd wild card spot in the AL. I expect the Mariners to get their bats going this evening.
Take the Mariners -131 (Bovada.lv)