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Pick on the Total for Mets-Pirates on June 11

VSiN’s Greg Peterson goes over the best betting options for Sunday’s baseball matchup between the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates.

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MLB: New York Mets at Pittsburgh Pirates Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets entered the weekend on a season-high seven-game losing streak and are looking to get back on track in Pittsburgh on Sunday against the Pirates.

New York Mets vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (-125, 9)

Home run league leader Pete Alonso was placed on the injured list last week, which hurts a lineup that entered Saturday already ranked 17th in the league in runs per game. Much of that production has come solely from home runs, ranking fourth in the National League in home runs per game.

Mitch Keller gets the start in search of a rebound after allowing at least four runs in three straight starts after posting a 2.44 ERA through his first 10 starts of the season and allowing three runs or fewer in his previous nine straight starts prior to this rough patch.

Overall, Keller has posted a 3.60 ERA this season, but just a 3.16 fielding independent with 10.6 strikeouts to 2.4 walks per nine innings. He has allowed two runs or fewer in five of his six home starts this season.

The Mets counter with Carlos Carrasco, who has struggled mightily this season, posting a 5.96 ERA and 5.7 strikeouts per nine-inning total. However, he has pitched better lately. allowing two runs or fewer in three of his last five starts.

Carrasco also gets to face a Pirates team that has scored four runs or fewer in 26 of their last 34 games, hit .222 with just under 3.8 runs per game since the beginning of May. During this span, Pittsburgh has just 25 homers, the lowest total in the National League.

With the Pirates entering the weekend ranked 10th in the league in bullpen ERA, the Mets will begin to experience similar offensive woes with Alonso out of the lineup.

The Play: Mets vs. Pirates Under 9