Texas Rangers at New York Mets odds, picks and predictions
The Texas Rangers (36-38) continue their 9-game road trip with the 1st of 3 games Friday against the New York Mets (47-29). First pitch is 7:10 p.m. ET at Citi Field. Let's analyze Tipico Sportsbook's lines around the Rangers vs. Metsodds with MLB picks and predictions.
This is the first meeting between the two teams since the 2017 season. The Mets lead the all-time series 10-6, including a 5-3 mark at home.
The Rangers are coming off a loss in Wednesday's series finale against the Kansas City Royals, but won 2 of the 3 games in the series. They are 7-5 in their last 12 games.
The Mets have lost 3 in a row and 5 of their last 7 games. The 3-game skid is the longest they have had all season.
Rangers at Mets projected starters
RHP Glenn Otto vs. RHP Chris Bassitt
Otto (4-3, 5.71 ERA) makes his 10th start. He has a 1.51 WHIP, 5.5 BB/9 and 7.2 K/9 in 42 1/3 IP.
- Allowed 6 R, 6 H, 3 BB and 1 K in 2 IP in Sunday's 6-4 loss to the Washington Nationals.
- In the 4 starts prior to Sunday, he had a 2.45 ERA in 22 IP.
Bassitt (6-5, 4.01 ERA) makes his 16th start. He has a 1.15 WHIP, 2.6 BB/9 and 9.5 K/9 in 89 2/3 IP.
- Has had a quality start in each of his last 3 starts and in 5 of his last 6.
- He's 2-3 with a 3.16 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 8 starts at home this season.
Rangers at Mets odds and lines
Odds provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 10:53 a.m. ET.
- Money line (ML) : Rangers +165 (bet $100 to win $165) | Mets -205 (bet $205 to win $100)
- Run line (RL)/Against the spread (ATS) : Rangers +1.5 (-125) | Mets -1.5 (+102)
- Over/Under (O/U) : 8.5 (O: -130 | U: -105)
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Rangers at Mets picks and predictions
Mets 5, Rangers 3
The Rangers have played better on the road than at home. They are 19-18 on the road this year compared to 17-20 at home. They are 15-19 against teams with winning records.
The Mets have the 2nd-best winning percentage at home in all of baseball. Their current 3-game losing streak is the longest they have had all season. They had previously not lost more than 2 in a row all year.
PASS on the ML as a single bet as the Mets should be able to take the opener, but it isn't worth wagering more than twice what you can win.
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Texas has the second-best ATS record in baseball at 43-31 ATS, but the Mets aren't far behind with a 42-34 ATS overall record.
The Mets are 18-18 ATS at home and the Rangers are 23-14 ATS on the road.
Eight of the Mets' last 10 wins have been by 2 runs or more. Six of the Rangers' last 8 losses are by 2 or more runs.
Take METS -1.5 (+102).
Seven of the Mets' last 9 games have had 8 or fewer runs. Four of Bassitt's last 5 starts have had 8 or fewer runs.
Three of the Rangers' last 4 have had 9 or more but 5 of their last 8 had fewer than 9 runs.
Take UNDER 8.5 (+105).
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