I admit it, I was a big fan of interleague play when they blocked out a week or two of the schedule. I also knew many MLB handicappers who were not when it came to betting baseball because the flow of the game was broken.
This never made sense to me as interleague play was an easy way to beat the sportsbooks betting odds with MLB picks. The last time the National League won a season series was 2003 and other than 2011 and 2013, the results have been fairly one-sided.
The next four days will feature interleague play exclusively and for today we delve into experienced pitchers versus those in their youth and determine how the contests might come out.
Buehrle vs. Snydergarrd
Highly touted Noah Snydergarrd (2-4, 4.15 ERA) has a mammoth challenge trying to contain or slow down Toronto as New York opens up a two-game home series. The Blue Jays are after their first 12-game win streak in franchise history and their baseball-best offense has taken off into another gear, averaging eight runs per game in this sensational stretch. After a great start, the Mets right-hander has been hit hard surrendering 11 runs and 20 hits in 10 innings in his back-to-back losses this month, as his normally reliable hard curve and high 90’s fastball have lacked their usual movement. Hardly an ideal situation facing an offense as hot as Toronto.
The Jays will counter with 36-year old Mark Buehrle (7-4, 4.25) who after a few tough starts has fared better with a 2.25 ERA in his past three outings. The lefty has played a big part in the success of the AL in interleague play being the winningest pitcher in AL vs. NL confrontations with 30-10 record in 51 starts. Since returning to the AL with Toronto he has a 1.97 ERA in nine games against the NL.
The betting odds show New York as -115 favorite and though Toronto looks the part with the right pitcher, the Mets are 17-3 at home with a money line of -100 to -150 this season and the Blue Jays are 14-30 away after sweeping a three-game series against a division rival.