|Game||New York Mets vs Cleveland Indians|
|Date & Time||Tuesday August 20, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
CLE -175 Total 8.5
An important interleague series will get underway on Tuesday night, when the Cleveland Indians invade Citi Field to battle the New York Mets. The Indians split a four-game series against the Yankees over the weekend and are 23 games above .500 overall. On Sunday, SP Mike Clevinger struck out ten batters over five shutout innings to lead Cleveland to an 8-4 victory.
Twenty-four year old righty Shane Bieber (12-5 3.27 ERA) has become a quiet force for the Indians. Through 162 plus innings, Bieber has struck out 200 batters and ranks 3rd in the American League with a ridiculous 1.01 WHIP.
The New York Mets have won 34 of their 55 home games and are two games back in the race for the final NL Wild Card spot. On Sunday, Michael Conforto hit a tape measure shot and drove in four runs to power New York to an 11-5 road victory against Kansas City. 1B Peter Alonso hit his 40th home run of the season to break the NL rookie home run record for a season.
The Mets will turn to talented left-hander Steven Matz (7-7 4.33 ERA) in the series opener. Last time out, Matz allowed just two hits and one run over six innings during a 6-4 road loss against Atlanta.
Recent Betting Trends
Indians are 17-5 in Biebers last 22 road starts.
Mets are 9-2 in Matzs last 11 home starts.
Under is 9-1-1 in Biebers last 11 road starts.
Under is 4-1-2 in Matzs last 7 starts overall.
Under is 4-1 in Mets last 5 games following an off day.
New York 2B/OF Jeff McNeil has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain. Through 126 games, Cleveland ranks 16th in OPS and 17th in runs scored. For the season, New York ranks 12th in OPS and 15th in runs scored. Take the Mets to score a home victory as a nicely priced underdog. Final Score Prediction, New York Mets win 5-3.