MLB Betting – New York Mets at San Diego Padres

New York Mets (+135) at San Diego Padres (-142, 6.5 o/u)

James Shields (6-0, 3.69 ERA) will look to keep his perfect record intact tonight when his San Diego Padres (26-28, 14-15 Home) host Dillon Gee (0-2, 3.86 ERA) and the New York Mets (29-24, 8-16 Away) at Petco Park (9:10 PM Eastern) in the rubber-match of a three-game set.

New York shutout San Diego 7-0 in game one of this series, but the Padres took game two, 7-2, with Ian Kennedy earning the win over New York’s Noah Syndergaard (who accomplished the rare feat of striking out ten batters while also giving up ten hits).

Shields, a 33-year-old right-hander in his first season with the Padres, will look to lead the Padres to back-to-back wins for the first time since downing the Angels twice in on May 26 and 27. Shields left his last start with a no decision after giving up six hits and two runs over six innings against the Pirates (a game the Padres went on to take, 6-2).

Tonight, Shields will match-up against Dillon Gee who, unlike Shields, has only losses on his resume so far. The 29-year-old righty deserved better in his last start, though, allowing just one run over five innings in a 1-0 loss to the Nationals. Run-support will likely continue to be a problem for Gee and the Mets, as the squad is 26th in the majors in batting average, 24th in on-base percentage, and 28th in slugging.

Though the payout isn’t great, taking “Big Game” James Shields at home looks like the better play.

Pick: Padres (-142).

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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.