MLB Baseball Vegas Online Sports Betting & Free Picks Friday May 18th, 2018

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Arizona Visits NY Mets on Friday Night With Both Teams Slumping

The Arizona Diamondbacks are in first place in the NL West with a 25-18 record, but they are slumping after a hot start. They are just 1-7 in their last eight and 4-10 in their last 14 games. Oddly enough the one series win they’ve had this month came against the defending World Series champs from Houston.

This week they dropped two of three to Milwaukee as they struggled mightily on both sides of the ball. They managed to score just six runs all series -two in each game. They gave up 15 runs in the two losses, but Zack Greinke and the bullpen came up big on the mound in their 2-1 win.

The offense has been struggling in a major way all month as they’ve scored just 38 runs total in 15 games which averages out to 2.53 RPG. The team is hitting a paltry .190 for the month. Perennial MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt has been the worst of the bunch hitting just .091. He’s got five hits and just one extra base hit.

Extra credit goes to the pitching staff for holding it together with a respectable 3.95 ERA.

The New York Mets have also fallen back to Earth in a big way after their hot start to the season. They are just 3-10 this month after starting out 17-9. They have yet to win a series in the month of May.

The Mets split a two-game series with Toronto this week winning 12-2 on Tuesday and then losing 12-1 on Wednesday.

They also split two games with Philadelphia on the weekend with one of the games being postponed so there is some hope at least that they may be snapping out of it.

The Mets are averaging 3 RPG this month and hitting .232. Todd Frazier (.167-1-4) and Jay Bruce (.189-1-2) are two veterans who are struggling at the plate this month. The team’s pitching hasn’t been any better as the team’s ERA sits at 5.32.

Zack Godley (4-2, 4.08 ERA) has allowed four runs in three of his last four starts. That includes his last two to Washington and the Dodgers. The team split those games and are 5-3 when he takes the mound.

Jacob deGrom (3-0, 1.83 ERA) has been one of the best pitchers in the majors this year, but injuries have caught up to him this month. He was pulled after four innings two starts ago, went on the 10-day disabled list and then lasted just one inning and 45 pitches in his return on Sunday. The Mets have lost four of his last five. He however hasn’t allowed a run in his last four appearances and 19.1 innings.

New York is -160 favorites and Arizona +140. That line is fully contingent on deGrom making a full return to the mound. He should be fresh and good to go so I like their chances. The Pick: Mets 4-1.

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