ESPN features the Detroit Tigers and New York Mets on Wednesday in the second game of their baseball wagering series.
Both teams have played well lately and are right in the hunt in their respective divisions. The Mets are favored at home in MLB wagering against the Tigers with the unbeaten R.A. Dickey on the mound.
Baseball wagering odds normally favor the Mets when they are at home. New York has been excellent at Citi Field this season. They have been superb when R.A. Dickey has been on the mount. The New York knuckleballer is 5-0 on the season with a 2.82 ERA. He will be opposed by Jeremy Bonderman who is 3-4 with a 4.06 ERA. Bonderman has been better recently as he went seven innings against the Pirates and then seven innings against the Nationals. Dickey went seven innings last time out and allowed seven hits and three runs. He struck out seven in the baseball wagering win over the Indians. Dickey gave up four runs in three innings last year in a start against Detroit.
Before this series began the Mets had won four of the last six meetings in baseball wagering against Detroit. The teams didn’t play either of the last two seasons but they met in 2007 in Detroit and the Tigers won two of three. You then have to go back to 2004 when the Mets swept a three-game series.
The Tigers have had most of their success in MLB wagering this season at home. They have struggled on the road all year. It is somewhat amazing that the Tigers are in the race in the American League Central considering their overall statistics. The Tigers are 18th in hitting and 16th in pitching yet they are still very much in the playoff picture.
The Mets have an almost identical record to Detroit in terms of winning at home vs. on the road. The Mets have been excellent at home but they have struggled on the road. New York has been winning in baseball wagering with pitching as they are 7th in the league in ERA. Their hitting has not been great but at home they have put up enough runs to win a lot of games.
This is a tough home stand for the Mets as they will face the Tigers and the Twins in Interleague action. The one advantage for New York is that both Detroit and Minnesota struggle away from home.