The 8/22 free MLB pick sees the Arizona Diamondbacks taking on the New York Mets in game 2 of their 4 game set at Citi Field. The opener on Monday was a low scoring affair with Arizona ultimately pulling off a 3-2 victory. A 2-run HR by AJ Pollock in the 10th inning proved to be the difference maker for the D’Backs.
Mets strand 10 runners in extra-inning loss to Diamondbacks, 3-2 https://t.co/t2ptb75akp
— Baseball Dispatch (@bballdispatch) August 22, 2017
Tonight’s matchup in the Big Apple is an example of two teams going in different directions. Sure the Diamondbacks are 21 games out of first in the West, but that’s because the front-running Dodgers are having a season of all-time. Arizona is actually 11 games above .500 (68-57) and currently sit at 3.5 games above the Brewers for the second NL Wild Card slot. The Mets on the other hand are 15 games below .500 and have gone just 2-8 in their last 10 including losses in 7 of their last 8.
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A couple of lefties do work on Tuesday night as Arizona’s Patrick Corbin (10-11, 4.25) takes on Tommy Milone (1-2, 7.91) and the Mets.
Corbin had his best outing of the season the last time he took the mound. The lefty was an out shy of a shutout against the Astros, tallying 8.2 IP and 4H in a 4-0 Diamondbacks win. Sometimes after a long outing like that you worry about fatigue the next time out but Corbin was able to put up those numbers on only 105 pitches thrown. Corbin has faced the Mets once this year, allowing 4R on 9H over 6.0IP in what was ultimately a 5-4 Diamondbacks win in Arizona.
— FanSided MLB (@FanSidedMLB) August 21, 2017
Tommy Milone is looking for a bit of redemption when he takes the hill for the home squad Tuesday night. The Mets picked up Milone earlier in the season after he cleared waivers from Milwaukee. The results were not spectacular as he allowed 5R on 6H in only 5.2 IP against Arizona and then 8R on 7H in just 1.1 IP against the Angels before being shut down with a left knee sprain. Tuesday’s game will be Milone’s first start since May 21st – will he be rusted or will he be rested?
— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) August 22, 2017
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The run line is off the board early in the morning for this matchup but there’s surprisingly great value in the Diamondbacks at -146. Arizona is in the middle of a run at the postseason while the Mets are throwing guys fresh off the DL to the mound at this point. Mets hitters have hit only .226 against Diamondbacks pitcher Corbin albeit in just 32 career plate appearances. On the contrary, six Diamondbacks batters are tallying an average over .300 against Milone including MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt who carries a .400 average with a HR. This doesn’t bode well for a guy making his first trip to the mound in 3 months.
If Corbin can pitch similarly to how he did the last time out it should be enough to outlast Milone who will likely toss only 5.0 IP in his first start back. Goldschmidt and Co. can make it even a quicker outing for the Mets pitcher in this 8/22 Free MLB Pick.
Pick: Arizona -146