Mets Look to Turn Things Around Against TigersBy David A.
The Motor City hosts an interleague game when the New York Mets visit the Detroit Tigers on Saturday. The current line has Detroit favored at -145, with New York at +135 and the over/under run total sitting on 9.5.
Entering this game, New York has a record of 56-53 overall and 27-27 on the road. The Mets are 3-7 over their past 10 games played. Detroit entering this game has a record of 60-49 overall and 32-20 at home. The Tigers are 9-1 over their past 10 games played.
New York will send Logan Verrett to the mound on Saturday. The Mets right-hander is 3-6 with an ERA of 4.20 this season. Detroit will counter with Matt Boyd. The Tigers left-hander is 2-2 with an ERA 4.71.
Verrett has not had a win in over three months, but has put the Mets in the position to win on a regular basis after he moved from the bullpen to the starting rotation. In his last start, he had his fourth consecutive no-decision allowing 4 hits and 3 runs during five innings of work.
Boyd’s spot in the rotation for Detroit has seen widespread speculation. However, he has stayed there due to being unbeaten in four starts during July. He has trouble pitching into the later innings, going only five innings to defeat Houston in his last start.
Two teams that are headed in the opposite direction meet for the second game of a three-game set when Detroit, winners of 9 of 10, play New York the losers of 7 of 10. Detroit now is contending for the American League Central title trailing Cleveland by just two games after beating the Mets on Friday.
Victor Martinez the DH for Detroit hit a two-run home run on Friday powering Detroit to the win. Miguel Cabrera has at least one hit in five straight games. New York is now 9 games out of first place in the NL East. Kelly Johnson has hit a home run in two straight games for the Mets.
Tigers catcher James McCann has knocked in 11 runs over his past 8 games.
Mets second baseman Neil Walker has 8 hits in 17 at bats during a current hitting streak of four games.
Prediction: The Tigers are headed up and the Mets are in a freefall down. Lean here toward the Tigers.