St. Louis Cardinals vs New York Mets Game 1 MLB Picks, Odds, Predictions 5/5/21

The New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals meet Wednesday in game one of an MLB doubleheader at Busch Stadium. 

The New York Mets need a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Mets have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 12 games. The Mets have won four of their last five games when scoring four or more runs. Pete Alonso leads the Mets with 24 hits and 16 RBI while Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto have combined for 40 hits and 17 RBI. Marcus Stroman gets the ball, and he is 3-2 with a 1.86 ERA and 23 strikeouts this season. This will be Stroman’s second career game against the Cardinals.

The St. Louis Cardinals look to build on their five-game winning streak. The Cardinals have scored 21 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Cardinals have won 10 straight games when scoring four or more runs. Tommy Edman leads the Cardinals with 35 hits and six RBI while Nolan Arenado and Dylan Carlson have combined for 57 hits and 35 RBI. Kwang Hyun Kim gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 3.29 ERA and 16 strikeouts this season. This will be Kim’s first career game against the Mets.

The Mets are 15-37 in their last 52 games as a road underdog and 1-4 in their last 5 Wednesday games. The Cardinals are 8-0 in their last 8 games as a favorite and 6-2 in their last 8 home games. The over is 10-4-1 in Mets last 15 road games. The over is 4-1 in Cardinals last 5 overall. The Mets are 19-41 in the last 60 meetings in St. Louis and 1-6 in the last 7 meetings.

The St. Louis Cardinals are a tough team to bet against right now, as they’re firing on all cylinders, riding a five-game winning streak and tearing the cover off the ball. The New York Mets have yet to really get going, but Marcus Stroman has been one of the better pitchers in the NL this year with an ERA under two through 29 innings and a .204 allowed batting average. With Stroman on the mound and the way he’s looked, I’m backing the Mets.

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