Mets right wrongs against the Diamondbacks

April 17, 2022

Diamondbacks at Mets

Citi Field – Queens, NY

1:40 PM ET

New York -185

The Major League Baseball season is a marathon, a gauntlet where even the worst teams take a hunk out of the best ones from time to time. Yesterday in Queens was one such case, as the Diamondbacks – one of the poorest teams in all of baseball – somehow got over on the Mets – one of the game’s richest.

On Saturday, the pitchers duel at Citi Field finally broke free when Arizona’s Sergio Alcantara blasted a two-run homer in the seventh to give the Diamondbacks a 2-0 lead. Arizona added one more in the seventh and it was enough to keep the Mets at bay, 3-2.

With the series tied at 1-1, it’s time for the law of averages to play out.

In the series opener, the Mets bats were hot, pasting 10 runs on the lowly D’Backs. Yesterday, they somehow only managed five hits; the meat of the Mets lineup – Starling Marte, Francisco Lindor, Pete Alonzo and Eduardo Escobar – combined for just one of those. Don’t expect that to happen again.

Today’s pitching matchup should also favor the Mets, as David Peterson, who boasts a 0.00 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP on four innings pitched this season, holds the edge on Arizona’s Humberto Castellanos (6.0 ERA / 2.00 WHIP).

New York is a good team. Arizona is not. A 2-1 series win will ultimately reflect that.

Richard DeMala’s pick: NY Mets -1.5 (+110)

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