Mets vs. Padres Saturday Prediction
After beating the San Diego Padres on Friday night, will the New York Mets make it two in a row when the two teams meet again at 8:40 p.m. ET on Saturday night?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Saturday, April 28, 2018
8:40 p.m. ET, Petco Park
TV: NYM (WPIX); SD (FSSD)
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Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbook YouWager currently list the Padres as a -135 favorite. As of this writing, 65% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Mets to beat the Padres on the money line. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
Vargas to make Mets debut vs. Padres
Jason Vargas (hand) is set to make his Mets debut on Saturday in San Diego. As anticipated. Vargas suffered a fracture in his right (non-throwing) hand when he was struck by a comebacker during a Grapefruit League start back on March 16. He'll wind up missing just under a month of the regular-season schedule. The veteran left-hander doesn't miss many bats, but he might have some fantasy streaming appeal in the right matchups.
Padres' Lucchesi coming off first loss of season
Joey Lucchesi allowed four runs on five hits, also walking four, over five innings in a loss to the Diamondbacks on Sunday. The loss was the first of the year for the dynamic rookie, and even in a loss he wasn't a disaster. All the damage came in a four-run fourth inning that included a run on a throwing error by Lucchesi and a two-run home run by the light-hitting Nick Ahmed. The four walks were also out of character, as he'd walked just four combined in his first four starts of the year. Through Sunday, the 24-year-old still owns a nice 2.70 ERA and 1.13 WHIP, and he'll look to get back on the right track Saturday against the Mets.
MLB Betting Trends
The Mets are 5-2 in their last seven games against the Padres in San Diego.
The Padres are 1-5 in their last six games overall and have lost four straight home contests.
Vargas is taking the spot that Matt Harvey occupied now that dumpy diapers has moved to the bullpen. He only threw 66 pitches in his last rehab start so the question is, is he ready for tonight? Meanwhile, Lucchesi has big-time strike out numbers and the upside is through the roof. Despite their struggles, I like the Padres in this spot.
The Pick: San Diego Padres -135