MLB Betting Odds – Pirates at Mets, Volquez vs Niese

Two teams looking for a spark meet this Tuesday at the Citi Field, when the Pittsburgh Pirates visit the New York Mets at 7:10 PM ET, in the second of a three game series between the two.

Pittsburgh Pirates v New York MetsTwo teams looking for a spark meet this Tuesday at the Citi Field, when the Pittsburgh Pirates visit the New York Mets at 7:10 PM ET, in the second of a three game series between the two.

Pittsburg won on Monday 5-3 in the first game of the series and unleashed a few furious moves from the Mets organization.  New York fired manager Dave Hudgens and released reliever José Valverde.

“This is a very difficult decision to have to make,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said. “I’ve known Dave for many years — decades. I have tremendous respect for him, his expertise, his work ethic, his personal relationships with players. He’s just an incredibly hard worker. At the same time, we’ve had issues, home and road, over the last several years — not just this season. The situational hitting is not where we want it to be.

The Mets are 22-28 (11-17 home) in the season and will send lefty Jonathon Niese to the mountain on Tuesday; he’s 3-3 in the season with a 2.70 ERA.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have a 23-27 (7-14 away) record, but their problem has been their offense when they play on the road. Their starting pitcher will be Edinson Volquez (2-4, 4.37 ERA).

“This is indicative of the games we play,” manager Clint Hurdle told the team’s official website after being shut out through seven innings on Monday. “The mentality in the dugout is, ‘This is the inning.’ Even if we get pushed down, the next inning we’ll make something happen.”

The Mets are favorites to win in the money line listed at -111, while the Pirates are +101.

Frank Lorenzo

MTS co-founder Frank “Let It Ride” Lorenzo has been betting on sports since he was legally allowed to do so. (Did he do so before then, too? No comment.) He enjoys very strong coffee, neon lights, and passing on his wealth of betting knowledge to anyone who will listen.