Cincinnati Reds @ New York Mets 9/15/23 Free Pick, MLB Odds, MLB Predictions

Cincinnati Reds (76-72) at New York Mets (68-78)

Game Info: Friday, September 15th, 2023 at  7:10 p.m. EST (Citi Field)

Betting Odds: Reds ML (-105) - Over/Under (8)

Pick: Reds ML (-105)

Friday night takes us to New York City where the Cincinnati Reds and the New York Mets will open up a three game weekend series in Queens at Citi Field. This is an all important series for the Cincinnati Reds. They will be pushing for a playoff spot late in the season, and the New York Mets will be fighting to keep their faint playoff hopes alive, as well as gain plenty of momentum before heading in the next season as well.  

It has been a roller coaster of a season for the Cincinnati Reds and they will be looking to pick up a massive victory in the opening game of the series against the New York Mets on Friday night on the road. They are still within striking distance of the National League Central division, and they are right in the race for the National League wildcard race as well and they will need to pick up some crucial victories coming down the stretch if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive. Cincinnati comes into this game four games above .500 with a record of 76-72 through their first 148 games of the 2023 Major League Baseball season and they will be looking to pick up victory number 77 as well as bounce back from their series finale loss to the Detroit Tigers on Thursday night here in this game on Friday.

Hunter Greene will be getting the start for Cincinnati and despite the number’s not being there, he is still having a successful season, even after dealing with an injury that took away a solid chunk of his year. He is a flamethrower, and he has the potential to keep Cincinnati in any game that he takes the mound in as he can shut down opposing lineups for these, and leave the Reds to victories on any given day. He will be looking to do that once again here on Friday night against the New York Mets as the Reds look to pick up a much-needed victory.

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The New York Mets came into this season with one of the highest payrolls in all of baseball, but they have been a complete disappointment up until this point of the year. At several times throughout the season they have been sitting in last place in the National League East division, and if they don’t turn things around quickly, that is potentially where they will finish the regular season as well. Despite having all the talent on the roster that they do, they are going to miss out on the postseason this year and self-admittedly they did say that this will be the end of their current window when it comes to competing for a World Series. 

As they have arguably entered into a rebuilding era that will last a couple of seasons. It will be looking to play spoiler at this point of the season as well as build up plenty of momentum before heading in the next season with renewed confidence and a renewed hope of winning the National League East division, or at least competing for a National League wildcard spot. The New York Mets come into the opening game of this series with a record of 68-78 through their first 146 games of the 2023 Major League Baseball season.

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Cincinnati is 20-14 as the betting favorite 

- The Mets are 12-13 as a home underdog

- The Mets are 55-63 without rest this season

I expect the Cincinnati Reds to pick up the victory over the New York Mets in the opening game of the series on Friday night on the road in New York City. As I look for Cincinnati to keep the Mets struggles alive and for Hunter Greene to shut down this Mets lineup and lead the Reds to a much-needed victory here on Friday night as they look to continue their late season playoff push.

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