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New York Mets at Kansas City Royals

Over/Under: 9.5

First pitch: 5:15 p.m. PT

Probable pitchers: Noah Syndergaard (8-5, 3.89 ERA)vs. Mike Montgomery (2-5, 5.19 ERA)

If you religiously monitor over/unders on a daily basis, you probably weren’t expecting a total this high, given that it’s Syndergaard matched up opposite an at-least serviceable pitcher.

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When Thor is starting for the Mets, the ceiling is always high. That’s especially been true as of late with the tall right-hander producing his best sustained work of the campaign. Syndergaard enters this assignment having tossed seven consecutive quality starts in which he’s also gone at least seven innings in all.

He’s seemingly gotten stronger since it became official that he wasn’t going anywhere at the trade deadline, which I think is no coincidence considering his insistence on staying put.

Look for Syndergaard to simply keep it going based on where tonight’s outing is emanating from — Kansas City, which will evoke all sorts of emotions from Mets faithful after the 2015 World Series. For what it’s worth, the 26-year-old registered six shutout frames with nine strikeouts the last time he pitched at Kauffman Stadium.

Now the question is, can Montgomery remain in rhythm after a career-best seven-shutout-inning, 12-strikeout performance his last time out?

Well considering I wrote highly of the fifth-year southpaw in his rookie campaign — not to mention for that last start in the under bet we won last Saturday — of course I think Montgomery will.

Granted, it came against the light-hitting Detroit Tigers but Montgomery looks like he’s finally trending up now after being traded to the Royals a month ago and he’s still in the process of proving he deserves to hold a starting rotation spot.

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The Mets are solid against lefties but they’re not at full health, being without Jeff McNeil and Robinson Cano. Play: UNDER 9.5 (-120)

Yesterday’s Result: Mariners-Tigers Under 9 (Push)

Zylbert’s 2019 MLB Over/Under Betting Record*: 66-59-10, -0.2 unit

*Each bet graded as if it were to win 1 unit

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