Free MLB Picks Today: New York Mets vs St. Louis Cardinals 6/17/23

Free MLB Picks Today: New York Mets vs St. Louis Cardinals 6/17/23
Sat 17th June 2023

The St. Louis Cardinals (27-43) are on the road to face the New York Mets (33-36) at Citi Field on Saturday. The Mets took Friday’s series opener 6-1. Tylor Megill went six innings to get the win, allowing one run on four hits and striking out seven.

Daniel Vogelbach went 1 for 3 with a solo home run in the win. Willson Contreras was 2 for 4 with a solo home run for the Cardinals.


Adam Wainwright (2-1, 5.79 ERA) is slated for the start for St. Louis. The RHP allowed three runs over 5.2 innings in his last start, a 4-3 road defeat against the Reds on Sunday. He yielded eight hits while striking out two and walking one in the no-decision.

Righty Kodai Senga (6-3, 3.34 ERA) gets the ball for New York. It’s his first appearance of the season against the Cardinals. In his last start on June 10, Senga got the win on the road against the Pirates.

He threw seven innings and gave up one run (0 ER) on two hits, striking out six and walking four in the 5-1 triumph.


Over the last five games, St. Louis has averaged only 3.0 runs a game, down from their season average of 4.5, while slashing worse across the board (.224/.275/.341). Against right-handed pitchers like Senga this season, the Cards have a .749 OPS.

Paul Goldschmidt is the team’s strongest hitter against right-handers with a .908 OPS in 194 at-bats. New York is averaging only 4.4 runs per game in the last five, consistent with their season average.

The Mets have a .710 OPS against right-handers in 2023. With a .865 OPS over 161 at-bats, Pete Alonso has been their best hitter against right-handers.


St. Louis is 14-22 in road games in 2023, scoring 3.8 runs per game while allowing 4.3 runs. New York has gone 17-13 in front of their home fans this season, averaging 4.1 runs per game while surrendering 4.2.

In the last 10 games at Citi Field between the teams, each club has won five, though St. Louis has the scoring advantage with an average final margin of 5.2-5.1.


The Cardinals are fifth in the NL Central, eight games behind the division-leading Brewers. The Mets are fourth in the NL East, 10 games behind the Braves.

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NY Mets (-160)

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