Baseball Betting Picks — New York Mets at Cincinnati Reds

The New York Mets broke a six-game losing streak last night, and they have been rather dominant recently against the Cincinnati Reds. And they are going to have to look for their good fortune against this opponent to continue on Tuesday night, because they are sending a starting pitcher to the mound who has had trouble finding himself, to say the least. This game will be getting underway at 7:10 PM ET at the Great American Ball Park, and remember that if you are a BetAnySports customers, you can keep wagering throughout the game as you take advantage of what is available through Live Betting Ultra.
The Mets have experienced a rough week or so. They had to part ways with Matt Harvey, once a starter in the All-Star Game, who was designated for assignment and will most likely be traded. And Jacob deGrom, the staff ace, suffered an injury, which placed the ball into the hands of PJ Conlon, just up from Triple-A Las Vegas, who was on the hill on Tuesday and failed to make it through four innings. New York got four homers, with two coming from Adrian Gonzalez, in a 7-6 victory. Homer Bailey gave up six runs in his four-inning stint, and the Reds are now 0-8 in games he has started.
Cincinnati is 8-27, which gives them the worst record in the major leagues. The Mets are 18-15, and that puts them just a game behind the Atlanta Braves, the surprise leaders in the National League East.
Luis Castillo (1-4, 7.01 ERA), a right-hander, will get the start for the Reds, while the Mets will counter with Jason Vargas, who is still trying to show that he can get some betters out in 2018.
In the baseball betting odds that have been posted on this game at BetAnySports, the Reds are favored:
Cincinnati Reds (Castillo)  -139
New York Mets (Vargas)  +129
Reds -1.5 Runs  +145
Mets +1.5 Runs  -165
Over 9 Runs  -120
Under 9 Runs  +100
Castillo’s last outing was perhaps his best yet, as he surrendered just two runs in six innings against Milwaukee. So that is somewhat encouraging in this encounter with the Mets, who have won ten of the last 12 games they have played in Cincinnati. New York had scored a total of only eleven runs in the month of May going into Monday night’s game, and they may need to have as much power as they did against Bailey, as they have a newcomer on the mound who has been a liability. Jason Vargas was acquired as insurance for the pitching staff, and he brought credentials, as he tied for the AL lead in wins last year with 18.
Vargas fractured a bone in his non-throwing hand in spring training and had to sit out some time. He has been back for two starts, and they have both been somewhat catastrophic. First he went just 3-2/3 innings against the Padres, giving up nine runs. And then, against the Braves, he was removed with two outs in the fifth inning, having allowed six runs on eleven hits. He has a 16.20 ERA, yielding five home runs in 8-1/3 innings. He’s got a lot to overcome, admitting that he can’t “finish” with hitters.
Vargas has had really just one outstanding season. And we would like to see him get some hitters out before backing him. But the Reds? Not ready for that either. Both bullpens got a workout yesterday, and maybe we see a repeat. OVER 9.
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