The battle of New York takes place this weekend as the New York Yankees will head to Citi Field to take on the New York Mets in a key interleague series. Entering play on Thursday the Yankees sit atop the American League East with an 16-8 record while the Mets sit at 12-14 while holding the 4th spot in the National League East. As we look to make our MLB spread pick and prediction for the New York Yankees vs. New York Mets series and MLB spread pick for this matchup, the big question mark heading into the series is the current health of the Yankees.
The Yankees enter this matchup with the team’s top two stars Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge both on the disabled list. Prior to heading to the Injured List, the two stars combined for 12 home runs and 27 runs batted in. Despite the injuries, the Yankees have found production from a wide range of other options including Luke Voit who has six hits over his last 18 at bats including four home runs while Gary Sanchez has three home runs in his last six games.
On the other side of the diamond the Mets struggles have been on the mound for most of the season as they have allowed the second most runs (130) in the National League entering Thursday. However, after losing five of their previous seven, the Mets are currently winners of three straight. Those struggles have also been heard from the teams bullpen who has only four players with earned run averages below the 3.00 mark.
Here is an MLB spread pick, preview and prediction for the New York Yankees and New York Mets on Saturday August 22nd, 2020:
New. York Yankees – With the team looking to find a new groove with both Judge and Stanton out of the lineup, other stars such as Voit and Sanchez have stepped up to fill the void. In addition to those two, D.J. LeMahieu continues to lead the American League in batting posting a .411 batting average over his first 19 games on the season. Despite those three the team needs guys like Gleyber Torres who is batting just .237 and Brett Gardner (.176 batting average) to pick up the slack to help the team while promoted Clint Frazier has picked up nine hits over his first 24 at bats.
New York Mets – Entering play on Thursday the Mets rank 1st in all of baseball with a .268 batting average while ranking 8th in runs batted in (120) and 11th in home runs (34). The Mets offense has been carried by Dominic Smith who is batting .323 with six home runs and 21 runs batted in. The team has also seen Michael Conforto (4 home runs, 13 runs batted in), Pete Alonso (5 home runs, 13 runs batted in) and Robinson Cano (4 home runs, 13 runs batted in) put together strong starts to the season.
Matchup Advantage – New York Mets Hitting
Jordan Montgomery (2-1, 4.66 ERA), New York Yankees – The Yankees starter has struggled to live up to the offseason hype as he is just 2-1 on the year while allowing 10 total earned runs over just 19.1 innings of work. Despite the high earned run average, in three of his four outings this season over 15.1 innings of work Montgomery has allowed just five earned runs with his four-start elevating his earned run average (five earned runs allowed). However, in his two starts against the NL East, Montgomery has allowed eight earned runs over 10 innings of work.
Robert Gsellman (0-0, 7.71 ERA), New York Mets – While Gsellman is expected to make the start, he is not your typical starter has he has worked just 1.2 innings of work and two innings of work in his two starts. In 18 prior meetings against current Yankees, Gsellman has allowed zero hits while striking out five batters. In this matchup, the Mets bullpen who has struggled to a 4.56 earned run average and a 5-4 record will be heaviliy relied on to slow down the Yankees attack on Saturday.
Matchup Advantage – New York Yankees Pitching
New York Yankees (-110) VS New York Mets (-105)
Money Line – 8 1/2
CentSports Free MLB Spread Pick – New York Yankees
CentSports New York Yankees VS New York Mets Prediction: As you look at these two teams this game could very easily come down to the team that pitches better and on paper that team looks to be the Yankees. With the Mets turning to Gsellman who has very limited innings of work while working short outings in each of his first two starts, the Mets will rely on a bullpen that has struggled. Meanwhile, the Yankees offense has found some production from guys like Voit and Frazier to help pickup the slack of not having Judge and Stanton in the lineup.