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New York Mets vs Oakland Athletics 4/15/2023 Expert Picks, Analysis and Tips

New York Mets vs Oakland Athletics 4/15/2023 Expert Picks, Analysis and Tips

The New York Mets will face off against the Oakland Athletics in the second game of a three-game series on Saturday. The Mets are currently riding high on the back of a successful homestand, having won four out of their last six games against the Marlins and Padres. In contrast, the A’s have been struggling lately, losing seven of their last eight games. New York’s offense has been lagging behind, ranking 28th in team batting average, but they will be looking to turn things around against Oakland’s pitching staff, which currently has the worst ERA in the majors. First baseman Pete Alonso has been a standout player for the Mets, hitting six home runs and driving in 12 runs through his first 48 at-bats. 

The Mets will rely on right-handed veteran Carlos Carrasco to take the mound on Saturday. However, Carrasco has had a bumpy start to the season, allowing five earned runs on four hits in just four innings in his first start against Milwaukee. He then followed up with a rough outing against Miami, giving up six earned runs on six hits in 4.2 innings, including three homers. Carrasco has attributed his recent dip in velocity to the pitch clock, and he will need to overcome his struggles to help the Mets secure a win against the A’s.

  • The total went OVER in 7 of the NY Mets’ last 7 games on the road against Oakland.
  • The NY Mets are 6-3 SU in their last 9 games against an opponent in the American League.
  • The Mets are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games against an opponent in the AL West Division.

New York Mets vs Oakland Athletics 4/15/2023 Expert Picks, Analysis and Tips

The Oakland Athletics endured a rough 2022 season, finishing with an abysmal 60-102 record. Unfortunately, their 2023 campaign is shaping up to be even worse as they have dropped 10 of their first 13 games, suffering series losses to the Angels, Guardians, Rays, and Orioles. The Athletics are currently in the middle of a six-game homestand that culminates with a three-game series against the Cubs.

The Athletics’ offense ranks 26th in the league in batting average, hitting .231. They will face a New York Mets pitching staff that currently ranks 12th in ERA, at 4.14. Rookie center fielder Esteury Ruiz has been one of the few bright spots for the team with a .293 batting average and six RBI, while designated hitter Brent Rooker has hit three home runs and driven in nine runs with a .333 batting average.

On the mound for the Athletics will be rookie Shintaro Fujinami, who has had a disastrous start to his career, surrendering 13 earned runs in just 6.2 total innings pitched against the Angels and Rays. Fujinami brings a woeful 17.55 ERA and 2.25 WHIP into this outing. The Mets have won four of their last six games and boast a formidable offense led by 1B Pete Alonso, who has hit six home runs and driven in 12 runs.

  • The total went OVER in 7 of the Athletics’ last 7 games at home against the New York Mets.
  • The total hung OVER in 7 of Oakland’s last 7 games against an opponent in the National League.
  • The Athletics are 1-7 SU in their last 8 games against an opponent in the NL East Division.

New York Mets vs Oakland Athletics. The MLB pick for this game is the New York Mets. Oakland’s recent performance has been disappointing, having dropped seven of their last eight games, and facing a World Series contender like New York only adds to their challenge. The Athletics will face an uphill battle with their starting pitcher, Fujinami, who has struggled mightily in the opening games of his career, allowing a whopping 13 earned runs in just over six innings, yielding a dismal 17.55 ERA. Prediction: The Mets will take over the diamond 7-4.

MLB Starting Time: 4:07 PM ET

Location: Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, CA

Date: Saturday, April 15, 2023


MLB Odds: New York Met -185

MLB Totals: 8

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